[Marxism] Sigmar Polke's Aesthetic Escape Velocity on View at MoMA | Village Voice

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 23 14:27:16 MDT 2014


The tendrils of the horrendous past that clawed at Polke's generation 
inform a striking 1978 painting displayed halfway through MOMA's 
appropriately sprawling retrospective: A blank-faced cartoon bureaucrat 
aims a slingshot at his forehead as "Wanted" posters for members of the 
notorious Baader-Meinhof gang watch over his clumsy antics. (Unlike the 
literally faceless functionary, the terrorists have their eyes wide 
open.) In the '70s, posters of these glowering Marxist revolutionaries, 
who blasted their way through West Germany while railing against its 
fascist past, were plastered across the nation. You can feel in this 
powerful composition — the action takes place within a cone of white 
light that mimics the "V" of the taut slingshot — Polke's desire to 
create as visceral an impact through art as terrorists have with violence.

full: http://www.villagevoice.com/2014-04-23/art/sigmar-polke-moma/




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