August 12, 2004
Doomed to Repeat


In 1999 I was working on the millennium issues of the Times Magazine, the last of which was about an actual time capsule the Times was building. Among other things, some artists and critics nominated images to go in the capsule; Arthur C. Danto chose a painting from Leon Golub's Interrogation series, documenting the torture of the central american wars led, covertly, by you and me. I didn't know much of Golub then; the Brooklyn Museum show of a couple years ago helped a lot. Golub never let up in his horror of the torment and pain of war, war led by actual men, and carried out by actual men. I hadn't thought about him for a bit, until I read of his death today. And now I wonder, how did he feel, when Americans reprised the poses of his Interrogation series, once again, in yet another country.

Posted by dbrown at August 12, 2004 09:58 PM

those mercenary paintings are way amazing. i wish they were displayed more. i don't think i know of any other paintings that changed my perception of things so drastically. like cezanne was a revelation - when i saw those paintings in person an apple, to use the cliche, became something a whole lot more for me forever. golub did that but with the shit of the world. a wonderful gift for a stupid sheltered suburban kid like myself.

julia child died too. not sure how exactly they are connected, but they are. it's the end of something.

(sometime back, years and years ago, i saw a show on pbs documenting golub painting the series. scraping off the paint and everything. worth looking for).

Posted by: james on August 13, 2004 08:39 PM

she speaks for herself!

Posted by: james on August 19, 2004 12:09 PM
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