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MIT 4.602 , Modern Art and Mass Culture (HASS-D) Spring 2004 Professor Caroline A. Jones Lecture Notes History, Theory and Criticism Section, Department of Architecture Week 10, Lecture 1 POSTWAR PRIMITIVES: Anti-Culture? Dubuffet, graffiti, and art of the insane “...make the surface speak its own surface-language. ..” Dubuffet, 1945 I. Post-Traumatic Stress A. Surrealism and the “unconscious” of the city (Brassai’s 1930 graffiti photos), newly interesting after the 2 nd World War B. Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze) and Bataille’s Informe 1) b. Berlin, 1913; student of Leger in Paris, ‘31-32 2) Joined surrealists in ‘35, took pseudonym, fame as photographer 3) Nazis capture him in Paris ‘39, 3 mos. internment until he weds French woman 4) During the war, alcoholism; 5) Paintings made after he escaped Vichy govt. (‘43) and ret. Paris ‘46, d. 1951 C. Crucial precedent of Paul Klee (another outsider: Swiss, Bauhausler, fled Nazis), from 1920s to 1940s a quiet persistence of childlike complexity
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2009 for the course ARCHITECTU 4.602 taught by Professor Prof.carolinejones during the Spring '04 term at MIT.

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