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Thursday, November 10, 2016

R.B. Kitaj and "The Rise of Fascism"

The painting below, by American-born London artist R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), is part of the "London Calling" exhibit--featuring 6 London artists--at The Getty Center in Los Angeles.  It was loaned for this exhibition from London's Tate.  This excellent exhibition's last day is Sunday (November 13).

A work of the late 1970s, Kitaj's painting is titled "The Rise of Fascism."
According to the curator of the show, Kitaj explained the painting in a 1980 letter: the central bather is the Fascist, the bather on the left is the beautiful victim, and the bather on the right is the ordinary European, "watching it all happen."

The fuselage of a bomber enters the frame upper left.
Patricia Zohn of The Huffington Post says "'London Calling' is just about perfection and should not be missed."



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