Beham (1500-1550) was a Nuremberg artist expelled from his hometown on charges of plagiarizing Albrecht Dürer, making Hans an early Post-Modernist. It’s a shame the practice of expelling Postmodern plagiarists from town isn’t still customary. If it were the case, it’s hard to imagine there would be more than a small handful of artists left anywhere on the globe. I begin to wonder if more than a handful of artists will ever return to looking at the world around them with their own eyes, instead of consulting art magazines, cyber-sites, art theoreticians, or how-to-paint manuals for their art “ideas”.
Hans Sebald Beham, Standard Bearer and Drummer, engraving, 1544
Hans Sebald Beham, Hercules Slaying Nessus, engraving, 1542
Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Indecent Pair, engraving, 1529
Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Three Nude Women, engraving, 1520–50
Hans Sebald Beham, Adam and Eve, engraving, 1543
Hans Sebald Beham, Death and the Standing Naked One, engraving, 1547
Hans Sebald Beham, Boy with a Dog, engraving
Hans Sebald Beham, Hercules Suffocating Anteaus, engraving, 1545
Newsflash from the US gulag reported in the British press, where I generally go to find out what’s occurring in my own country.
On Monday a San Francisco court heard that since 2006, the potentially deadly infection, caused by an airborne fungus, had killed more than 30 prisoners and afflicted hundreds more at the Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons, both in northern California’s San Joaquin Valley. Eighteen of the deaths occurred in 2012 and January 2013 alone.
Also, this might interest any hardheads monitoring how our global wars are going. Flush from our great victory on the Libyan shores of Tripoli we’re finding a little blowback occurring in Africa. But no worries. With the greatest prison system on the planet braced to hold down any protest on the homefront it will be a cinch to stomp out all these third world flareups. We have a long record of success at these kinds of things.
And rest assured, if things get really hairy we’ll simply unleash our ace in the hole, Cyborg Insects.