The Difficulty of Living in an Age of Cultural Decline and Spiritual Corruption: R. B. Kitaj 1965-1970

Aulich, Jim
November 1987
Oxford Art Journal;1987, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p43
Academic Journal
The article discusses the work of painter R. B. Kitaj. His work fails to conform to the pragmatic and corporate values expressive of dominant U.S. ideologies. He blends an acute historical awareness with a contradictory technical achievement which parallels Post-Modernist pluralism while pursuing the utopian ideal evident in Modernism. Many of his pictures rely for their effect on the multiple discourses of Hollywood, book illustration, European history, criticism, literature and art history. Kitaj often identified himself with the Surrealists, particularly from the point of view of his free associational techniques.


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