I am taking a hiatus from blogging. The posts I now add will be unedited and unpolished, please forgive me. I am using this platform as a storage place for interesting things. I am currently focusing on editing wikipedia articles on contemporary art instead. I encourage you to do the same and to follow still very active blogs like hyperallergic, c-monster, bldgblog, and more. thanks you.

War and Art

Achilles tending Patroclus wounded by an arrow...
The Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC). Achilles on a Kylix drinking cup. 

Crusades (1095-1291 AD) Pendant depicting Jesus, between made between 1080-1120.

Full length portrait of Napoleon in his forties, in high-ranking white and dark blue military dress uniform. He stands amid rich 18th century furniture laden with papers, and gazes at the viewer. His hair is Brutus style, cropped close but with a short fringe in front, and his right hand is tucked in his waistcoat.
Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815) Napoleon, 1812.

American Civil War (1861–1865)  Albert Bierstadt above in 1863.

World War I (1914–1918) Egon Schiele, 1911.

World War II (1939–1945) Horrible Nazi art 1941. Jackson Pollock, 1943

         Carl Andre, The Way North and East (Uncarved Blocks), Vancouver, 1975
Vietnam War (entire war 1955–1975) Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup I, 1968. Carl Andre, The Way North and East (Uncarved Blocks), 1975.

Touched Echo

War on Terror (2001–Present) Zilvinas Kempinas, Double O, 2008
Robert Irwin, Whose Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue, 2007.

This post was inspired by a Robert Irwin Lecture at LACMA where he boils down most of art history to a couple sentences relating to the color red. basically he says: 
1: Jesus on the cross covered in blood. (god)
2: The king wearing red. (king)
3: The red hat of a peasant. (people) 
4: A still life with a red apple. (things)
5: Red square (materials)
6: The green you see when you look at something red and then look at white. (perception)

Basically this represents a slow leveling of high and low to just perception. I began thinking about what that leveling out might mean and I thought I would make this post relating art history to war history. Do art movements embody certain ideologies that allow for certain types of war? I don't know.

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