The Last History Painter Expatriate R.B. Kitaj brings home the Bacon

Hughes, Robert
April 1979
Time;4/23/1979, Vol. 113 Issue 17, p70
The article profiles R. B. Kitaj, an American figurative artist who became famous in London, England and is regarded as a reincarnation of cultural expatriates of the 1920's America. It describes the relation of Kitaj's idea of a more social art with that of social realism and presents the elements of his art. It notes as well his ambition of making the whole modernist culture including the literary, political and visual to be a subject in painting and mentions some of the famous subjects in his painting like the wandering Jews, Walter Benjamin and Leon Trotsky. It states the kind of literary art he is developing and explains why his works are not irritating to look at. Moreover, it reports on the dispute among regional museums regarding the painting, "The Crusade to Save Those Stuarts."


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