No meeting on Oct. 8th.

The 254th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Oct. 15, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

 Andrew Hemingway on “True fantasy is the most genuine mirror of the present.” Georg Scholz’s New Objectivity of 1923 in Baden

At the end of 1918 the artist Georg Scholz returned from his wartime service to the small town of Grötzingen, just outside Karlsruhe where he had trained at the Academy and where his artistic career was mainly to unfold. In short order Scholz – who had shown no clear political inclinations previously – joined the antiwar Independent Socialist Party and then the Communist Party – although he did not stay in either long. At the same time his art went through a rapid sequence of stylistic mutations before he adopted the Neue Sachclichkeit [New Objectivity] idiom for which he is best known in the mid 1920s. In this lecture I use Scholz’s evolution to chart the options open to a would-be revolutionary artist struggling to make a living in the disastrous postwar economic climate and consider the links between Scholz’s practice as a painter and his work as a print-maker, illustrator, and graphic artist. I will focus particularly on the two paintings Baden Small Town by Day and German Small Town by Night as a Dadaistic critique of the cult of homeland.

Professor Andrew Hemingway

Andrew Hemingway is Professor Emeritus in History of Art at University College London, where he taught from 1987 to his retirement in 2010. He has held visiting appointments at Northwestern University, the City University of New York, and the Freie Universität in Berlin. Hemingway has written widely on British Romantic art and art theory and on U.S. art of the early twentieth century. His books include: Landscape Imagery and Urban Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (1992), Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956 (2002), The Mysticism of Money: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America (2012), and Landscape Between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850 (2017).  His most recent book, co-edited with Malcolm Baker, is Art as Worldmaking: Critical Essays on Realism and Naturalism (2018). He was for twelve years an editor of the Oxford Art Journal and since 1998 has been a contributing editor to Kunst und Politik. Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft.

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