Monday, March 18, 2013

Is Charles Krafft’s Nazi-Inspired Art Ironic or Not?

Artist Charles Krafft’s enjoyed a dark, edgy, “don’t you see the irony” reputation for more than 20 years now. Krafft’s Nazi-inspired ceramics (such as his portrait bust of Adolf Hitler’s head turned into a teapot titled Hitler Idaho; shown above) appear in exhibitions and museums across America. Krafft craftily played with your gut reaction of repulsion from the vile dictator turned into a genteel tea time accessory. But more than a tempest in a teapot has been brewing in the wake of an interview in which Krafft denied the reality of the Holocaust in which the Nazis exterminated approximately 6 million Jews. Suddenly, the irony of works such as Hitler Idaho’s not just lost on some people, but apparently lost from the work itself. Did Krafft’s statements transform his work from farce to fetish?  Is Charles Krafft’s art ironic or not? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is Charles Krafft’s Nazi-Inspired Art Ironic or Not?"

[Image: Charles Krafft. Hitler Idaho.]

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