Vorticism was a short-lived, but radical movement founded by Wyndham Lewis in London just before the First World War. It proposed an art which responded to the energy of the modern world. In Workshop (1914–15), Lewis celebrates the industrial landscape with angles and diagonal lines. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Workshop By Wyndham Lewis→
This curious personage, with four small spindly legs supporting a visage of stunned eyes and a quizzical smirk, or handlebar moustache, offers a satiric take on the work’s grim title. Inspired by a Zuni war god sculpture that Klee saw at an ethnological museum, Mask of Fear(1932) was painted on the eve of Hitler’s assumption of power in Germany.
The two sets of legs suggest that two figures might be supporting, and concealed by, this monumental carnival-style mask, an arrangement that might understood in light of Klee’s assertion that “the mask represents art, and behind it hides man.”
All humor aside (and the video above is a scream!) Hitler isn’t the only one who’s upset. I don’t know anyone who was successful in purchasing tickets to any of Kraftwerk’s upcoming career retrospective series of shows at NYC’s Museum Of Modern Art. At least three other friends besides me (that I’m aware of) were all stuck loitering in a “virtual queue” for 90 minutes until our computers eventually all timed out. What a huge drag.
You think you’re upset about the Gallagher Brothers feud and the break up of Oasis? Just look at how Hitler is taking the news. The visual for this clever parody is taken from the film, Downfall, which I actually just saw a couple of weeks ago on DVD. Excellent job, whoever did this!