Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AC before AC

In the comments to Tim's latest post, reader Juicy contributes the following:

"After I first read the anthology,I used to look for other AC in past and contemporary artist, with many interesting results.
There is a nice piece by Max Ernst."

Here is the image that Juicy links to, "Etching for Tristan Tzara--L'Antitete - Monsieur Aa l'Antiphilosophe," 1948-49:

While we're at it, I'll add a couple I've been meaning to post for a while.  To start with, Andy Warhol's "Oxidation Painting (in 12 Parts)," 1978.  (Feel free to Google how it was made.)  While it can be just seen as a basic multi-field painting, looking at the tiers of panels it looks to me like Warhol arranged them with some kind of sequence or, umm, flow in mind:

And here is a print by Jacques Callot, from "La Guerre de l'Amour," 1617.

Well, actually there Callot is just recording the choreography for a festival dedicated to love--festival that took place in an oval-shaped arena.  Here is another one of the formations:

Still, it's pretty striking, isn't it?

Oh, and hi again!  Long time no see.  I know I've been pretty lax in posting here over the summer, but I will try to be more assiduous about it now that school has started again.


  1. the Callot choreography piece takes the cake.

    one could fill a whole volume with images not intended as abstract comics, repurposed as abstract comics.

  2. I've no idea whether it's been suggested elsewhere, but is there a need for a distinction between intentional and unintentional AC's? But then that might be playing a dangerous game, because those two could be broken down further and further ridiculously.

  3. It pleases me greatly to see Max Ernst here. I've been throwing around an idea in my head to do a Max Ernst inspired/dedicated AC based around the loplop character.


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