"who are the brain police?"
Once again, my francophile friend, our artistic notions run in opposite directions. Yet, I cannot criticize at all because my artistic talents have never included touching a brush, palate, or an easel.
Do you know the work of Max Ernst?I always thought that his life would have made a great movie. He was a German, his work was banned as degeerate by the nazis. He invented so much...ways to paint the subconsious, or better yet, ways to stimulate the subconcious using paint.A Dada collagist, he created surealist collage novels, he invented techniques...Jackson Pollack saw him in his studio using a bucket suspended from a rope with ahole in the bottom to paint with and it became the genesis of his action drip paintings...He was imprisoned by the French at the beginning of WW2 for being a german national, then when the Germans occupied france, he was interned because he was considered a dangerous individual. When He got out of the camp, he found his wife had gone mad and had sold their house, which was a work of art for a bottle of wine.He married Peggy Guggenheim. Marcel Duchamp smuggled much of his work out of France as a phony "cheese dealer"...He finally ended up in Arizona painting and sculpting away...He painted images which might make you gasp at their beauty, but at their most beautiful, they were disturbing...There was always the hint of natural process, the biology, the subconsious disturbing association...it was never an art of contentment.
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