Shock! Riot! A new and scandalous breed of "Modern" artists are violating the ancient rules of beauty!!
Broken forms, harsh lines, dissonant sounds...will 1913 become the year that art died?! Some are saying as much as radical new painters like Marcel Duchamp and Picasso and discordant conductors like Igor Stravinsky break all the bounds of art and produce chaotic works with little to no connection to the established rules of the ancient masters.
Take Duchamp's radical new painting Nude Descenting a Staircase (#2), which shocked the denizens of New York City at the recent and already infamous "Armory Show". It depicts a broken blur of a figure which seems to be at all points of her descent at once. This one offends on many levels. First off is the shock of the title alone: painting has rules, and one of which is that nudes should be seated, or prone, or...well certainly not descending a staircase! Nudity...in motion? The horror! Next the tangled mess of lines and shapes, as if the movement of the figure was broken down into component parts and superimposed on a single canvas. Nudity in motion without any sense of eroticism? Sacrelige!
Well, give it one thing, it certainly is...dynamic!
This shocking new trend in art is certainly not limited to painting either. Take tonight's musical guest, the strange master of the discord of the primitive, Igor Stravinsky. Already rather infamous for his bizarre, dissonant Firebird, his latest orchestral foray has taken an even greater step into the world of the ancient primitive, the Rite of Spring. This singular work of what we will still grudingly classify as "classical" music harkens back to the primitive, bloody sacrifices of tribal peoples. it features strange, off-beat ballet that invokes the stuttering pagan dances of the wild men, accompanied, of course, with moaning woodwinds and pounding drums.
Audiences were not pleased. When this work debuted this last April at the new Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the crowd grew so angry and violent that the performance had to be halted to preserve the safety of the performers and audience alike!
Be warned: we present for you today the opening, which we provide to you for the sake of information. The Record Cabaret takes no responsibility for the shock and anger these sounds may induce in the casual listener!
Will this, as the European radicals hope, redefine artwork? Will these new asymetrical, broken-formed "Cubist" and "Futurist" movements or the dissonant new primitivity in music be the harbingers of a new way of thinking about art? We'll see. It should be interesting either way.
And what does the Cabaret, this "radical hotbed of miscegenation and perversity" as some have called it, think of these shocking new trends in art?
Well, what do you think, pops?
Have an appropiately-bizarre Monkey Gland Cocktail:
Monkey Gland Cocktail:
[image from voronoff.wordpress.com]
Swirl Absinthe in a dry cocktail glass, discarding excess. Shake other ingredients well over ice and strain into coated glass. garnish with an orange twist. [Author's note: yes, this 1920's cocktail post-dates the setting of the article. Flagrant anachronism in a historical setting! The shock!! The horror!!!]