[Marxism] Fwd: Beuys; David Hockney at The Royal Academy | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 17 13:33:58 MST 2018

“Beuys” opens today at the Film Forum in New York. Like fellow German 
artist Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys was simultaneously one of the 
world’s most respected artists in the post-WWII period as well as a 
critic of the capitalist system.

In 2003, I wrote about a documentary titled “Gerhard Richter Painting” 
that can be seen on Amazon Video for $2.99 and that would be a good 
companion piece to the one on Beuys. When Richter arrived in West 
Germany to seek political asylum in 1961, he hooked up with a group of 
artists who described their work as a “Capitalist Realism” that 
repudiated the consumer-driven art doctrine of western capitalism as 
well as the Socialist Realism of East Germany. Richter is on record as 
saying that “The best thing that could have happened to art was its 
divorce from government.” Since his paintings have sold for more than 
$30 million, it is understandable why his artwork has grown more 
abstract and less political. It is unlikely, for example, that any hedge 
fund billionaire would want to have portraits of Red Army Faction 
members on their living room wall.


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