Thursday, March 09, 2006

When I see things like this it makes me wonder if it is possible to understand Mexico. I used to think i hated Surrealism. I am starting to understand that better. I used to think that Symbolism had just degenerated into the rampant commercialism of Arte Nouveau. I bet that is what a lot of people who don't live with Arte Nouveau think. We think that all the mechanized, sinister Art Deco that we are so proud of came out of simple ad campaigns, Coca-Cola trays with ladies on swings. Art Nouveau inherited the threatening undercurrents of Symbolism and I think it is still feeding the Surreal as we speak.

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