Famous critic to discuss German post-modern art

By Darrell Hassler

The “most famous” art critic to appear at NIU in years will talk tomorrow about Nazi themes which have appeared in post-modern art recently, the art department announced.

Donald Kuspit, a professor of art history and philosophy at New York State University in Stony Brook, will lecture at 8:40 p.m. in Room 100 of the art building.

The lecture will probably be about the recent search for identity by German artists who are still trying to deal with the mass extermination of Jews during World War II, said Art Professor Rudolf Bisanz.

“It is a rare opportunity for us to have such a speaker,” Bisanz said.

Bisanz described newer post-modern pieces as extremely large paintings showing the “tremendous agony of conscience” German artists still have of Adolf Hitler’s reign.

The most famous new post-modern art pieces include sticks, stones and straws put on the paintings along with “snippets” of writing to compliment the theme, Bisanz said.

He said the new art has spread quicker in America than it has in Germany.

Kuspit has written over 500 articles, reviews and essays on a wide range of art topics. He has also written several books.

The lecture will be followed by an informal discussion Friday at 9 a.m. in Room 415 of the art building.