Saturday, 2 July 2011

John Heartfield.

This is a lazy blog. I'm embarrassed to say that I have never heard of the brilliant artist John Heartfield. You probably have and therefore I'm just telling you stuff you already know but I'm excited about discovering him and excited about learning more about him.

John Heartfield was a German anti-fascist communist artist hell-bent on undermining Adolf Hitler. His photomontages, especially the ones used as covers for AIZ magazine, are just stunning especially considering when he was making them. The Nazi's weren't known for their sense of humour during the 1930's. In 1916, when anti-British sentiment was pretty damn high what with that pesky World War going on, he changed his name from Helmut Herzfeld to the terribly British John Heartfield as an anti-fascist statement. A really, really dangerous anti-fascist statement. I LOVE HIM. If you don't know of his work then check it out. We can learn about him together. If you do know about him, please feel free to educate me.

What I'm saying is, that Tate Modern isn't that bad.

Adolf the Superman.

The Cross.

Goering becomes an AIZ cover star.

Goebbels dressing Hitler as Karl Marx. My favourite one.

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Darren said...

Brilliant! I was just in the Tate Modern myself a few weeks ago and the Heartfield exhibit stood out to me as well. I've been trying to find a decent book of his work ever since but without any luck (without being ripped off).

I feel warm inside that you like him too, Michael. This was my own particular favourite:

Michael Legge said...

Excellent, Darren! Cheers, mate.

Anonymous said...

I was also at the Tate Modern yesterday and was bowled over by the work of John Heartfield - fantastic! Am now going to try to find out more about him.

Shirley Malin