From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The grotesque is defined, according to this book, as irreverent wit, comical elements and absurdist humor, fascinating artists since ancient times, but achieving importance as a novel aesthetic approach in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Starting with Arnold Böcklin’s grotesque pictorial compositions, this volume, accompanying an exhibition at Neue Galerie New York, brings together an array of artists who drew inspiration from grotesque ideas about disorder, distortion, and inanity, including Lovis Corinth, Paul Klee, Max Klinger, Otto Dix, Alfred Kubin, Kurt Schwitters, and Emil Nolde. Essays consider the frequently overlooked connection between the visual arts and other media, specifically the rise of cabaret culture and humor magazines. In addition, the authors examine the legacy of the grotesque movement as seen in modern drama, art, and performance. The book features nearly two hundred color and black-and-white illustrations.
Grotesk! 130 Jahre Kunst der Frechheit [Grotesque! 130 Years of Impertinent Art] was the original title of this exhibition. It traveled from Munich to Berlin London and finally New York. The book has a foreword by Max Hollein and Chris Dercon; Essays by Hanne Bergius, Ralf Burmeister, Frances Connelly, Lisbeth Exner, Harald Falckenberg, Michael Farin, Peter Jelavich, Pamela Kort And Gregor Wedekind.
Table of contents
The grotesque : Modernism's other / Pamela Kort
The reality of the grotesque : Paul Klee, Hugo Ball, and Carl Einstein / Gregor Wedekind
Paul Scheerbart : the cosmocomic / Lisbeth Exner
Grotesque and carnivalesque : negation and renewal around 1900 / Peter Jelavich
Karl Valentin : media craftsman of the grotesque / Klaus Gronenborn
Mynona : a grotesque humorist / Lisbeth Exner
Dada grotesque / Hanne Bergius
From heav'n on high : the Prussian archangel / Ralf Burmeister
Profound play : the image tradition of comic grotesque / Frances S. Connelly
Reason's dream, reason's nightmare / Robert Storr