Modernism – David Bowie & Kazimir Malevich
The cover art of David Bowie’s new album The Next Day, Designed by Jonathan Barnbrook has a distinctly Modernist feel reminiscent of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square paining from 1913. The idea of inventing something new, that nobody in the world had thought up before you is so seductive and illusive. Having said that, I love the cover design!
Subverting images through the addition of new content that changes the meaning and obscures the past without completely overwriting it is the reality of art in the digital age.
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For a wonderful show about the idea of censoring images check out the MET exhibit, Faking It – Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.