June 30, 2008 9:43 AM Subscribe
posted by Meatbomb (17 comments total)
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I'll bet if you aren't Polish you've never heard of Jerzy Duda-Gracz
. Poor guy doesn't even have an English Wikipedia page [pl]
, even though he's the most popular post-war painter [pl]
in his homeland. Come inside to see some of his work.
There was nothing that couldn't be made mundane, ugly, and worthy of our pity or derision in Duda-Gracz's broken, dirty world. There's always something to be ashamed of, embarrassed about... and yet the work is still beautiful and compelling.
- Painting 1632, reconstruction attempt. Not hard to read the symbolism in an ephemeral hasidic Jew half-fading into the flaking paint of a neglected old wall.
- Babel 2, as constructed by the noble Polish working classes. Always a good time for a short break.
- The Beautiful Pipefitter (first one on the page). One of my personal favourites - even if everyone is ugly, somebody gets to be the prettiest.
- Summer Gal
- Painting 1332, village - father. Notice the technique, present in much of his work, in which the rot and decay of the surrounding environment seeps into and infects the subject.
- Painting 1668 - Polish Motif - Waiting 2. Sometimes his anti-patriotic streak can get quite vicious - this one mocks the standard "King on Horseback".
- Painting 876 of the Jurassic Cycle - in this period of his work he was able to raise bleak and hopeless emptiness and ruin to a transcendent level.
- Painting 1675, Dry Valley - Beautiful Death of the Older Woman.
- One more. Riders of the Apocalypse, or Moonlighting. One of his more well-known communist era works, here he again conveys the sorry fuckedupedness of the "incurable disease called Poland", in the form of three dejected proletarians desperately pulling a state-owned cement mixer to a privately organised job. It also delivers a backhanded profane homage to Józef Chełmoński's Czwórka.
Things suck today, but don't worry - they can and will get worse.