Art: The Twenties' Bleak New World

In Minneapolis, a show of the German "new objectivity "

The show entitled "German Realism of the Twenties: The Artist as Social Critic," which opened earlier this fall at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and moves to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 22, deals with an aspect of modernism that 15 years ago was thought hardly worth discussing. What could be further from the concerns of Matisse or Braque than the images to which German intellectuals gave the name Neue Sachlichkeit — "new objectivity"? There, in contrast to the French tradition of...

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