Sunday, March 23, 2014

ARTISTS AS AVATARS PETER CHAMETZKY April 2014 Modern Intellectual History

Professor from USC Columbia SC 
"Artists as Avatars" asks the hard questions...

"Are artists crazy? Are creators more likely to be mad, or madder, than the rest of us? Does mental distress deepen artistic vision? Correlate to genius? Is the drive to fashion a personal pictorial or plastic universe pathological? Bettina Gockel's hefty Tübingen Habilitationsschrift, “The Pathologizing of the Artist: Artist Legends in Modernity,” documents the significant amount of mental energy expended exploring these and related questions from the mid-nineteenth century into the 1920s. Matthew Biro's The Dada Cyborg argues that the Dadaists’ montages, assemblages, and raucous agitational activities in the public sphere of World War I-era Berlin indicate modernity's disruption of stable subject positions and suggest instead hybrid, “cyborgian” identities. These included challenges to normative notions of sanity, but also to those of gender, ethnicity, race, and national and political allegiance. James van Dyke's study of the Weimar- and Nazi-era career of painter Franz Radziwill, a World War I veteran and self-taught reactionary modernist realist, provides a detailed case study of an artist whom one might, in retrospect, suspect of a degree of grandiosity and careerism bordering on the pathological, but who was driven by a complex of motivations as political as they were personal." 

There is so much to think about in what Peter asks. Non-Artists will often site anyone that works and often does their work for free, must be crazy! Thus business organizations often seek donations of art work from visual artists, donations of books from literary artists, poets, writers and musicians are often asked to perform for free for a good cause! No one works for free...except us artists. 

And why??? 

We do it for love... or for exposure or to prove a point or 

support a cause. Yes, I can certainly understand mainstream

 thinking we must all be crazy! 

I just wanted to share the idea and the info that "Artists Are Avatars". I am showing my support for a fellow artist and writer.  So check it out  and if you are an artist and want to discuss this further or do a guest blog...  just let me know!

Yours Truly,

PETER CHAMETZKY (2014). Modern Intellectual History Issue01, Volume11, Issue01, April 2014 pp 237-252

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