|Early 'Pop Art' by Kurt Schwitters|
Kurt Schwitters (1887- 1948) was a German artist who on being classified by the Nazi regime as 'degenerate' escaped first to Norway and then England, sadly he died at the relatively young age of 60 one day after being notified of being granted English Citizenship.
Kurt's work was varied (in the terms of the areas he covered), he was a poet, a sculptor and created a movement with Merz, he might now be remembered chiefly for his collages but he was also a very talented portrait and landscape painter. Merz was described by Schwitters as a way of using found objects he said - “new art forms out of the remains of a former culture.”
For me the exhibition showed how influential Schwitters was in what became known as 'Pop Art' this was clear in works in Untitled (the Ox) and Mz x 22 wantee (1947) and Mz x20 big Fight.
To find out more about the man take a look here.
The picture shown here (to me) looks as a clear influence on Richard Hamilton and Peter Blake.
Also I had another look at Atkinson Grimshaw's Liverpool Quay by Moonlight - wow.
(Note to self -find out more about Keith Arnatt)
Idea number 117 is Social Darwinism
|Forgive the spelling!|
Spencer believed that some traits should be 'bred out' of the 'inferior stock' this theory has been seized upon by some who believe in the inherent superiority of some racial groups.