Tuesday, April 29, 2014
George Grosz: Cultural Enemy Number One of Hitler and the MoMA - Tomorrow Night National Arts Club!
National Arts Club - 15 Gramercy Park South NYC
Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 PM
a Roundtable / Young Members event
George Grosz, Cultural Enemy Number One of the Nazis: A Legacy in Art and Law
George Grosz was tried twice in Germany for his art, once for blasphemy (for his work “Shut Your Mouth and Keep On Serving”) and once for slandering the Prussian military (for his work “Fit for Active Service”). Declared Cultural Enemy Number One by the Nazis, Grosz was physically attacked, and escaped Germany in January 1933, just before Adolf Hitler burned the Reichstag and seized power. Prior to his escape, many of Grosz’s satirical works were banned, ordered to be destroyed, or both. From 1933 to the early 1950s, Grosz taught painting in New York City, primarily at the Art Students League. Grosz rejected abstract expressionism, making him a cultural enemy of the Museum of Modern Art.
Decades later, from 2003 to 2011, litigation reaching the U.S. Supreme Court mapped out the tortured cultural legacy he left behind, and shook the underpinnings of the MoMA. Although Grosz, who fought for Germany in World War I, was originally associated with Dadaism, his artwork is now commonly referred to as part of the New Objectivity movement, a post-war movement in which veterans of World War I communicated the horror, destruction, and trauma of war.
Art attorneys Ray Dowd, David Rowland, and Pati Hertling will engage in a discussion about Grosz and his legacy in law and art. NAC Governor Sam Madden will moderate; a Q&A session will follow the discussion.
More information on the National Arts Club website http://www.nationalartsclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=337091&ssid=235591&vnf=1
Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2012-2013) by Raymond J. Dowd
Labels: berlin, caricatures, dada, george grosz, moma, Nazi looted art, replevin, stolen art, Weimar Republic, world war II
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