Excerpted from The Josephine Meckseper Catalogue
“Found text” from The Angry Brigade, 1967–1984, Elephant Editions, London, 1985. Courtesy Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2004.
Fashion and politics. Style and revolution. We have emerged from a century of fascism on the runway and the campaign trail. We vote, we buy, based on our own shallowest experience of who we are. We worship our spiritual death in domestic consumerism and actual death abroad. As the publisher of the infamous Fat Magazine, German-born artist Josephine Meckseper has deftly applied tabloid publishing to high culture. In Printed Matter’s The Josephine Meckseper Catalogue, Meckseper adopts the guise of the fashion magazine, with film stills and photographs of recent protests in the United States and Germany (2001–2004) set forth as advertisements, and “feature articles” based on new sculpture, painting, and installations by the artist that offer visions of capitalist Utopia.
Farewell to the F-Word?
By Paul Mattick
Bruce Kuklick's Fascism Comes to America
MARCH 2023 | Field Notes
As part of an early stage of these developments, fascism still seems useful to learn about, though Kuklick may be right to urge us to commit the F-word to the historical dustbin. Even he seems to understand why his advice is unlikely to be taken.
“Non Ti Schiantare”On the Road to Rome and FascismBy Serge Quadruppani
OCT 2022 | Field Notes
A hundred years after Mussolinis March on Rome, Italy is once again asserting itself as a laboratory of the Western world, with a party directly descended from historic fascism headed for power. Faced with this situation, a Calabrian writer friend recently invited us to come and learn from his people of Aspromonte. These descendants of shepherds and Greek philosophers of millenia past have an saying redolent of centuries of resistance to colonization in the north of Italy: non ti schiantaredont be afraid.
Erika Doss’s Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and ReligionBy Daniel Kraft
MARCH 2023 | Art Books
Through case studies investigating the role of religion in the lives and works of four 20th century American artistsJoseph Cornell, Mark Tobey, Agnes Pelton, and Andy Warholand through a short closing chapter discussing Christian imagery in more recent art, Doss demonstrates how reductive this dismissal of spirituality really is.
Communion and Expression: “21st Century Japan: Films from 2001–2020” at Japan SocietyBy Jaime Grijalba
FEB 2021 | Film
Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs proposes a perfectly cinephilic survey of the century so far that favors the deep cut over the known masterpiece, with the likes of Naomi Kawase and Hirokazu Kore-eda sharing the spotlight with younger filmmakers to forward a Proustian snapshot of the past two decades of Japanese cinema.