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“It’s a fact … women don’t paint very well.” – Georg Baselitz

10.30.2013  |  By

Old people say the darndest things, don’t they? Take Georg Baselitz for example. At seventy-five, he’s one of the uber-macho Neo-Expressionist painters that dominated contemporary art back in the 1980s. That old boys’ club was famous for their leather jackets, cocaine parties with hookers, living lavish lifestyles (Baselitz lived in a castle for the past thirty years), and in the end one of them, Martin Kippenberger, even drank himself to death at the age of forty-four.

Now, in an interview for the German magazine Der Spiegel,... More

Worship Satan: Charles Baudelaire, Kanye West, and The Evil 1980s

11.16.2010  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Field Notes

“can I devil worship with the new iphone?? LOL”
—Kanye West

The 1850s were a good time for Satanism in France. Riding the rising tide of the Second Empire, French intellectuals praised the virtues of cynicism and rebellious confrontation. This fluorescence of Satanic devotion was influenced by a nuanced poetics of Satanism in England: Milton’s Paradise Lost and Byron’s poetics of heroism. Already in those authors we can detect a paradoxical understanding of Satan’s significance. Robert Southey, for instance, called Byron’s group ... More