Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Keywords = #nazi #propaganda #recycled

There are ways to use keywords to shock the viewer into clicking on a link. This only works positively  if the page that is linked to the keyword is sticky and interesting.

This technique has been used through the centuries to create an intrigue - especially in the printed word. Titles of books, articles in magazines and in advertising have all used this shock approach - only the successful ones work, the ones that fail to deliver really fail.

Nothing changes - not even in a digital world... 

There are books that bring new perspectives to painting and the lives / methodologies of artists. Books like Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda bring nothing new to the party … 


Artists were used as or used for propaganda

The work and times of Francis Bacon are well documented. The use and origins of Bacon’s source material are well-known, some of which are even preserved. This book is a shortcut, a narrow, tunnel visioned, easy access pass to the imagery that helped to inspire his art – a snapshot and lightweight introduction from a contemporary point of view.

This over emphasis on Nazi imagery is an attempt by the author to shock and imply a tenuous connection between Bacon and the Nazi regime. This book clouds the issue of how artists draw inspiration from the sources around them. These images of Nazi propaganda were (probably) simply metaphors for violence, death and persecution – had Hitler conquered Britain Bacon’s legacy would not exist. They still are powerful photographic and graphic images that send a shudder down your spine but they were only a part of Bacon’s bigger picture.



 

No comments:

Post a comment