The famed American author Philip Roth excoriated President Donald Trump, calling him an "evil sum of his deficiencies" and a "massive fraud" in an interview published on Tuesday. Roth, who wrote about the fictional election of a bigoted and isolationist Republican candidate in his book The Plot Against America, compared Trump to the book's President Charles Lindbergh—a character based off the real-life aviation hero—in a New York Times interview. Bush's administration.
Roth's book is set in an alternate reality where upstart candidate Lindbergh defeats Franklin Delano Roosevelt in and then signs a treaty with Adolf Hitler, avoiding a war with the Nazi regime. The real-life Lindbergh earned worldwide fame in when he became the first pilot to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, flying from New York to France.
Whether it is creating manikins of children with genitalia for noses and mouths, or buying and altering paintings by Adolf Hitler himself, this is work designed to make the viewer stop and stare. Behind the provocations, though, is a sophisticated, teasing oeuvre that surgically dissects the absurdities and hypocrisy of the world.
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They have drawn on his work both figuratively and literally to ask, among other things, if we really live in a better world than he did. Out of all this has come one of the most diverse and fascinating oeuvres in modern art. Even within their most puerile seeming jokes are questions that cut to the heart of modernity. How can we be outraged by the manikins of Tragic Anatomies in a society that routinely sexualizes children?
Does capitalism, for all its disinterest in belief, amount to a religion of its own? Why do we attach value to some objects and not others?
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And, perhaps, above all, why do certain things make us uncomfortable? Now, 25 years after the Chapmans began their career, we look back at some of their most famous works to date. Twenty years after they were first shown, the manikins of Tragic Anatomies remain startling.
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Their mutated and conjoined bodies cavort, naked but for designer trainers, in a subverted Garden of Eden. One of their most famous and controversial works, the original Hell casts the viewer as a voyeur present at the ultimate punishment.
Creating the piece involved remodelling and mutilating some 60, toy soldiers, which were then staged in an elaborate inferno spread across nine vitrines, arranged in the shape of a swastika. At once a homage to and a critique of the vogue for African art among early twentieth-century artists like Picasso and the cubists, The Chapman Family Collection is an elaborate spoof on old and new gods.
The sculptures are not, despite their appearance ancient or primitive, but totems of capitalism drawn from the corporate iconography of McDonalds. But, as the title suggests, the controversy was deliberately courted to pose questions around authorship and originality.
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