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The Art of the Insane Looks Like German Expressionism (Current Opinion, 1921)

The attached article is about a 1921 exhibition displaying the art of the mentally ill; it was organized under the direction of the psychiatric department of Heidelberg University. The exhibition made quite an impact on a number of modernists at the time and it is said that a few of the pieces from the show were later displayed in the 1938 "Degenerate Art" exhibit that the Nazis launched in an effort to discredit modernism.


The Art of Thomas Hart Benton (Vanity Fair, 1922)

When this profile of the thirty-tree year-old Thomas Hart Benton (1889 - 1975) was published, the painter was not as yet recognized as the eccentric that history remembers him to have been. The anonymous journalist took an enormous interest in understanding Benton's education and the source of his inspiration.

Click hereto read a 1936 art review regarding the paintings of Grant Wood.


The New Objectivity (Current Opinion, 1919)

A review of the paintings and sculptures from the Weimer Republic and the manner in which that new art served to reflect the social upheaval that was taking place in Germany at that time. The article concerns itself primarily with one art exhibit in particular, the Spring Exhibition of the Berlin Secession (1919) and the two art factions who participated: there were the artists of "Der Sturm" a movement that existed prior to the war and a newer, post-war tribe; the "November Group". Also displayed were the works of two painters who served in the Kaiser's army and did not return; Franz Marc (1880-1916) and August Macke (1887-1914).

"It is hoped by the German Expressionists and the artists of the "New Objectivity" that their art will serve as a tool for the destruction of Germany's old order."

Click here to see a few trench war images by German Expressionist Otto Dix.

Click here to read about Expressionist woodcuts.

The New Objectivity held up a mirror to the political crises that was playing out all over Germany, click here to read about it...


Jacob Epstein: Firebrand of Art (Vanity Fair, 1915)

"Jacob Epstein was brought up in the city of New York, being one of a group of young men from the other side of the Bowery, some of whom have since become well known in the arts."

Attached is a photograph of the American expatriot sculptor Jacob Epstein and three of his pieces. This is a short notice heralding the great splash that the artist was making in the London art world of 1915. Although his work can be found in many of the world's finest museums, Epstein is best remembered today for his creation of the monumental sculpture that marks the grave of Oscar Wilde.


Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (Literary Digest, 1915)


Constantine Brancusi (Vanity Fair, 1916)

An appreciative five paragraph essay saluting the Modernist sculptor Constantine Brancusi (1876 - 1957), accompanied by one black and white image of the artist's work, "The Doves". Much of the review concerns the poor relationship Brancusi had with Auguste Rodin (1840 - 1917) who had been his teacher in earlier days.


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