A taut, erotically charged literary noir set in Houston about a woman caught up in her friend’s shocking murder, and the dark truths she uncovers.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Otto Dix's painting, 'The Trench,' which graphically showed the horrors of World War I, featured in an exhibition of works the Nazis deemed 'degenerate.' Then it went missing.
On July 19, 1937, the Nazis staged the grand opening of the Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich.
For four months, they displayed works of art deemed unacceptable in the society envisioned by the new regime. Among the now unwelcome forms of artistic mastery were anything that reeked of modernism or expressionism, all works by Jewish artists, and any subjects considered abhorrent to or critical of the Nazi world order.
A sign on the wall of the exhibition quoted Hitler from a rally two years earlier: "It is not the mission of art to wallow in filth for filth's sake, to paint the human being only in a state of putrefaction, to draw cretins as symbols of motherhood, or to present deformed idiots as representatives of manly strength.”
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Be true to your art! Nothing else matters!
- David Goodis, 1950s
Like Goodis, Mary Perry Stone did not turn a blind eye to those who many failed to see. Rather they dedicated their unlimited talents to telling a story of people with no voice, no power and no hope. Their work is a pertinent and timely today as when they created their masterful works.
Watch these short movies about Mary Perry Stone and feel the visceral strain that we should all feel.
AN ARTIST HAS TO FIND AN HONEST EXPRESSION. I DON'T SEPARATE THE AESTHETIC FROM THE MESSAGE. I'M PAINTING FOR BOTH THINGS, THE MESSAGE IS IN THE AESTHETICS."
- MARY PERRY STONE, 2000
This video is about Mary Perry Stone, a humanist artist living in San Francisco during the 1950's, contrasting her art with abstract art, the most promoted art during the Cold War.
Why show a protest artist’s 1990s radical murals? Are they still relevant today? Mary Perry Stone, a former WPA sculptor, didn’t drink, smoke or lead a wild life. Her passion was being a social protest artist; it remained so throughout her life. When she was in her eighties and early nineties, Mary painted many murals depicting what she deemed the horrors of Capitalism. Her art was her own, expressive and powerful.
"He wrote of winos and bar-room piano players and small-time thieves in a vein of tortured lyricism all his own, whose very excesses seemed uniquely appropriate to the subject matter. As his titles announce--Street of the Lost, Street of No Return, The Wounded and the Slain, Down There (the original title of Shoot the Piano Player)--he was a poet of the losers, transforming swift cut-rate melodramas into traumatic visions of failed lives."----Geoffrey O'Brien, critic
The Greatest Goodis Biographer - Philippe Garnier