Quote Originally Posted by bjorke
Quote Originally Posted by Ed Sukach
The way I understand it, George Grosz and Weiland Herzefeld were bemoaning the "danger to art" caused by the strict limits being imposed on art by politics and commecialism. As I see it - this is a call for re-introducing FREEDOM into art - translation: "Do your own thing - and save art."
Quite the opposite. To retreat into what's so glibly described as "true" art -- that is, self-involved art and "self-expression" -- is to fail. As Grosz writes: "No answer is an answer."
This is all fine, actually. Art workers need to eat too. But to put on airs about it, whether of the beret-wearing above-the-social order type, or the radically indignant sandinista, is to be pointlessly sidetracked by words.
I printed out the entire article, from the .pdf file.
Fortunately, I have access to someone who majored in English, is 'way more intelligent than I, and spends her days deciphering intensely complex legal documents (written with the express intent of causing confusion) for the Law Firm where she works. She happens to be my youngest daughter.

Her verdict? "Not a clue to what is going on here. Too many "inside terms" with meanings known only to a select few, and no indication of any possible "key" to what they do mean."

Uh huh. "... Goethe under bombardment, Nietzche in rucksack, Jesus in the trenches ..." and ... under "No Answer is Also an Answer" ... "When such artists enter the service of industry and applied art, there can be as little objection raised as when a politician engages himself as a craftsman. A matter of talent. When this art of literary attraction is pursued for its own sake, decidedly blase' indifference and irresponsible individualistic feelings are propagated."
What the **#$#! are they talking about when they say, "... they finally arrived at the task of overpainting the with beauty and interesting features the face of Anno 13, which daily unmasked itself more and more."?

Possibly we must interpret all this in the light of the atmosphere of Berlin, Germany in 1925.

Grosz was a proponent of "Dada", and this article was written in support of that movement:

Dada, n. - a movement in modern art and literature rejecting the standards and values of society by proposing unrestrained expression in behavior and artistic form. Dadaism got it start in Zurich, Switzerland, during World War I with a group of rebellious young artists who thought the world was going nowhere...


Dada, n. - a movement in art and literature, occurring especially in France, Switzerland about 1916 - 1920, that declared a program of protest against civilization and violently satirized all previous art."

Possibly, I got it all wrong ... but it sure sounds like, "Do your own thing", to me.