|rip robert delford brown
A colleague of artists like Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg and Nam June Paik, Mr. Brown was a central figure in the anarchic New York art scene of the early 1960s, a participant in — and instigator of — events-as-art known as “happenings.” He saw the potential for aesthetic pronouncement in virtually everything. His métier was willful preposterousness, and his work contained both anger and insouciance.hat tip t moody
According to an interview with Brown in the Re:Search "Pranks" book, Hermann Nitsch was inspired by Brown's meat performance. I've had no success so far determining whether Brown's work preceded or followed Carolee Schneeman's Meat Joy. Most accounts make the two contemporaneous, e.g.:
The relationship between carnage and carnality is explored in some of the earliest recorded art using meat. Carol Schneeman’s 1964 performance Meat Joy – shown first in Paris and then again in New York City – was a Dionysian piece in which eight partially nude figures danced and played in raw fish and chicken, sausage, paint, and paper. It was meant to celebrate flesh as a material.
The subject of meat and food had long played a part in Soutine's work, often hearkening back to Old Master prototypes and predecessors. Soutine's knowledge of the Old Masters was profound as well as reverential. During his earlier, poor years in Paris, he had spent days in the Louvre and painted after the pictures he saw there. Sometimes he was there partly in order to stay warm, partly because he could not afford models or props for his pictures. He therefore resorted to the art of others, creating brooding reimaginings of Old Master works. Soutine must have come to know Rembrandt's famous 1655 painting of The Slaughtered Ox. The similarity in theme and in composition between Le boeuf écorché and its Rembrandt predecessor is unmistakable. Even Soutine's painterly manner appears to pay homage to Rembrandt.ive had the opportunity to visit the barns collection. soutine's was some of my favorite work there, unfortunately i dont think there were any meat paintings.
Possible too gory for the good doctor. I have never been to that collection. As I recall it was having troubles for a time--I don't know what the status is.