Kudos to the curator who created "The Shock of the News" exhibtion at the National Gallery of Art. As someone who loves collage, typography, photomontage, DADA, encaustic, publications, altered books, screenprinting, paper and graphic design, it couldn't have been more apropos. Who knew (or is surprised) that Picasso put together the first-known collage when he incorporated newspaper into a painting? And how can I describe the joy upon seeing a collage up close by my idol, Kurt Schwitters? Ever wonder how Hannah Höch assembled her brilliant photomontages without a stat camera or Photoshop? I marveled at finding new artists, such as Eugen Batz, who managed to make art from letterforms, newspaper and comped type (the way we used to do it, by drawing thick lines). And what show featuring the news would be complete without a Warhol? Extra! Extra!
(Above: Eugen Batz, Contrast Study, 1929-1930, © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
Kurt Schwitters, Untitled (The Hitler Gang)
Hannah Höch, Von Oben (From Above)