Art: Cinderella Without Shame

He had an understandable horror of his own bamboo-jointed name: Horst Rüdiger Karl August Ernst Georg Cristoph Fabious von Gugel Brandt und Dippolsdorf. True, it showed his patrician lineage, but it would never squeeze into a corner of his surrealist canvases. So he reduced it to plain Rolf Gugel. Plain Rolf's name is being heard often these days in Germany.

Like Salvador Dali, Gugel is perfectly capable of producing art, when he chooses to, that makes sense to everyone, with universal significance, and a craftsmanship that everyone can applaud. Unlike Dali, he often does. And he can duplicate old sculptures and paintings....

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