“Unique Forms of Continuity in Space”

Umberto Boccioni. “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.” 1913, bronze.

Not all artists are always nice guys. During the early 20th century a group of artists who called themselves the Futurists came out of fascist Italy with a message of violent cleansing and the glorification of technology and progress. They favored war. He stated that : “All subjects previously used must be swept aside in order to express our whirling life of steel, of pride, of fever and of speed.” Here, Boccioni attempts to represent the flux of movement through some sort of solid sense of space – he is a soldier moving forward for the cause, more machine than man. Artists don’t just create propaganda – but can become caught up in it as well. (Original post to Instagram November 8, 2012.)


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