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Art on the Eve of Destruction

Art on the Eve of Destruction ART ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION Lee Klein ut from the universe of tragedies, subsequent occurrences, and possibilities for future calamities of a cycle which ostensibly began on September 11, 2001 (though not necessarily without prior historical causations and ancient political and or transcontinental fault lines) a whole new range of personal and public experience and imagery has entered into our societal consciousness. Hereafter different modern art signposts (if not works canonically accepted as masterpieces) and their contemporary and post-millennial antecedents will have to be seen in the light of a new relationship to events of the recent past. Perhaps the most famous modern piece of Western art to achieve iconic status in its relation to war is Picasso’s Guernica, which is said to depict in the abstract the eponymous village as it and its population (both residents and transitory partisan fighters) are decimated by bombing runs and ground war at the hands of the fascist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil war. Seemingly, if one were to re-codify this work or apply it to an event now, one would link it not to the infernos of downtown Manhattan but to the rural villages of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Art on the Eve of Destruction

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 25 (3) – Sep 1, 2003

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2003 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/152028103322491656
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Abstract

ART ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION Lee Klein ut from the universe of tragedies, subsequent occurrences, and possibilities for future calamities of a cycle which ostensibly began on September 11, 2001 (though not necessarily without prior historical causations and ancient political and or transcontinental fault lines) a whole new range of personal and public experience and imagery has entered into our societal consciousness. Hereafter different modern art signposts (if not works canonically accepted as masterpieces) and their contemporary and post-millennial antecedents will have to be seen in the light of a new relationship to events of the recent past. Perhaps the most famous modern piece of Western art to achieve iconic status in its relation to war is Picasso’s Guernica, which is said to depict in the abstract the eponymous village as it and its population (both residents and transitory partisan fighters) are decimated by bombing runs and ground war at the hands of the fascist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil war. Seemingly, if one were to re-codify this work or apply it to an event now, one would link it not to the infernos of downtown Manhattan but to the rural villages of

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2003

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