Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue (Paperback)
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By Leon Golub (Artist), Emma Enderby (Editor), Melissa Blanchflower (Editor)
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Golub's visceral, violent depictions of power and authority retain an unsettling relevance. His faded, scraped, ground hard into the canvas style of painting (which at times required a meat cleaver to create) bear a striking resemblance to the grainy glimpses of the state's brutality captured in amateur video, uploaded to YouTube via 4G, replayed, retweeted, familiar, replayed, replayed, again. Golub's paintings will beat you.

X      "DO IT!"
Z           "I DID IT!"
X      "DO IT AGAIN!"
Z           "I DID IT!"
X     "AND AGAIN!"
Z           "I DID IT!"
X     "UNDO IT!"
Z           "I DID IT!"
X     "REDO!"
Z           "NO!"
— From Clark


Bite Your Tongue highlights key aspects of American figurative painter Leon Golub's (1922-2004) work drawn from his career of more than 50 years. From Golub's universal images of man, made in the 1950s, to his paintings, made from the 1990s until his death, that incorporated slogans, text and graffiti into dystopian urban scenes, Bite Your Tongue surveys Golub's most significant bodies of work.
Increasingly politicized from the 1970s onward, Golub drew on the Vietnam War, American foreign policy and the rise of paramilitary soldiers in places like South Africa and Latin America for visual motifs and subject matter, paralleling his development as a committed antiwar activist. Bite Your Tongue illuminates Golub's unwavering commitment to his belief that art should have relevance in society.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783863357184
ISBN-10: 3863357183
Publisher: Koenig Books
Publication Date: July 28th, 2015
Pages: 160
Language: English