Sunday, June 24, 2012


called piety

Bosch, Hieronymous (circa 1450 -1516), “The Millennium, The

           Tabletop of  Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony),”1485-1500, “The
           Gardens of Earthly Delights,” circa 1510-1516  

  Bosch, Seven Deadly Sins

 Early Grotesque (called social commentary)

   Alberto Gironella, El Gluton, 1958

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 American Grotesque (called Realism):

Sinclair, Upton (1878-1968) The Jungle, 1906
Let to passage of the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 to combat the filthy and dangerous conditions of meat industry

Modernist Grotesque (called performance art):

Performance arts, body art and violence often form a frame or, more visually, a corridor of alterations, juxtapositions or pain.

Paul McCarthy (b.Salt Lake City, ,Utah, 1945) HOTDOG, 1974, Performance Art

Paul McCarthy’s Hot Dog was performed in his basement studio before a small group of invited friends and artists. A crucial early work, it marked a turning point possessing for the first time the confrontational and violent quality of his later work. It bears some of the hallmarks of the works that would bring him notoriety: the Hollywood icon (the blonde-bombshell signified in the shades and wig he wears), the use of food-stuffs simultaneously standing in for bodily fluids and acting an allusion to American over-consumption, and a disturbing mixture of sex and violence.

As in other early McCarthy performances – works such a Meat Cake (1974), Tubbing (1975) and Class Fool (1976) – he utilizes the immediacy of the intimate setting to affect a strong bodily reaction in his viewers. Physically disgusting acts (force feeding, anal insertions, genital manipulation) and displays of psychological dysfunction (repetitive speech, animalistic noises, self harm) create the feeling of an intrusion upon the private world of a damaged social outsider.

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