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DECADENCE & DECAY: Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz    Apr 12 - Jun 24, 2011

Self-Portrait in Bowler Hat
Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait in Bowler Hat, 1921
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DECADENCE & DECAY: Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz
April 12 through June 24, 2011

The Galerie St. Etienne’s spring exhibition focuses on the Weimar era, which has long fascinated American audiences. Complementing the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark survey German Expressionist Prints, DECADENCE & DECAY: Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz includes 65 watercolors, drawings and prints by the three most important German artists of the 1920s.

Through differing lenses, Beckmann, Dix, and Grosz attempted to make sense of a country turned upside-down by the First World War. Whereas Grosz interpreted the war and its aftermath as an indictment of the Church, the military, and the capitalist bourgeoisie (his so-called “pillars of society”), Beckmann transferred the moral authority once vested in religion to art, and sought to inspire change through honest depictions of the human predicament. Dix, on the other hand, sought neither political nor spiritual redemption. He perceived the world as brutalized and brutal, and his images provoke outrage for its own sake.

DECADENCE & DECAY is accompanied by a detailed checklist and scholarly essay by Galerie St. Etienne Co-Director Jane Kallir. For further information and images, please contact Courtney Donner at 212-245-6734 or The Galerie St. Etienne is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM, and other times by appointment. The gallery will be closed Saturdays in June.

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