Art and the Postwar Political Climate

The ADD-Challenged Eye

G. Roger Denson’s second essay on  Leftist political art covers the period from the end of the Second World War to the middle of the 1960s, an era of rapid political and cultural change.  His survey is world-wide and very thorough and I’ll limit my discussion to three strictly American aspects of it; Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and the treatment of Race in America.

I’m not sure that I buy into Denson’s contention that humanity was conscious of a radically changed world at the end of WWII. My parents and their siblings were of that generation and most were veterans and they fully expected things to return to normal after the war, albeit with better economic opportunities available. The gravity of the nuclear age would take awhile to dawn on them.

I don’t know if the things that happened in the 1930s and 40s, like the Holocaust and the Rape…

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The Surreal Life (in the eyes of Ryohei Hase)

The Teddy Social

In recent days, we’ve spent some time getting re-addicted to Delicious. For those of you who don’t have an account, we suggest you get one! Over the years, Delicious has become a staple for finding inspiration, solving problems, and the simple enjoyment of discovering amazing new things.

The latest of our amazing discoveries are the Surreal Illustrations of Ryohei Hase.
There are many things that make this artist great (to say the least) but it’s his use of melancholy characters put in to a state of intense chaos that really got us. Feelings of depression, desperation, panic, vulnerability, grace and strength erupt from his images and we don’t mind one little bit… Bring it on Ryohei Hase!

For full-sized appreciation of this visionary artist, we recommend you visit his profile on DeviantART. For more information, visit Ryohei Hase’s Official Website.

– Teddy Romance

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