I'm raising funds to print and distribute the second issue of my serialised graphic biography of the German artist George Grosz (1893-1959). If you donate, you can pre-order a copy of #2, and #1 too if you haven't read that already. They're both 36-page comic books with nice thick covers. They will be mailed to your door by my distributor, Pikitia Press's Matt Emery, without whom this campaign would not be possible. Thanks so much Matt!
So why should you care? Well, in a nutshell:
The early 20th century was a time when artists were engaging in bold new experiments, and the definitions of what art could be were being blown wide open.
These definitions were often contradictory. On the one hand, artists were visionary outsiders rebelling against mainstream society through passionate self-expression.
Other artists saw this as too self-indulgent, and believed art was completely useless if it didn't serve as a weapon in the collective revolutionary struggle, by communicating direct political messages to the general public.
But maybe this is all a load of wank! Aren't artists really just a bunch of elitist hypocrites marketing so-called "radicalism" and pseudo-revolution to museums and wealthy collectors?
George Grosz was a guy who embodied all these contradictions, and many more. He used his art to fight the establishment - several times he narrowly avoided landed himself in gaol or even a concentration camp. But he was also an extremely cynical man who thought art was a scam and civilization was doomed.
He was a chameleon, shape-shifting from worker to businessman, cowboy to Indian, elitist to populist, cynic to idealist. Was this constant metamorphosis a form of satire, performance art, masquerade, or something deeper?
The story of his life is fascinating. And what better way to tell a story about art than through comics, which is the art of telling stories through art?
Risks and challenges
Well, hopefully so many hundreds of people will donate that I'll be swamped with drawings to do! Sorry if it takes a while for the rewards to get to you! Please be patient.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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