Gardella: Unit 8 Assignment 2

My portfolio is a general investigation of truth, which (as seen in my definitions) is closely related to humanities. Richter’s paintings challenge my ideas of truth, especially the way I view art as a translation. In Professor Tamura’s unit we studied the photograph as a translation of truth and in Professor Bory’s unit, we studied abstract paintings (far from the realism of photo-journalism) as translation of truth. Now, in Unit 8, we are examining paintings based off of photographs.

Why would Richter paint a subject that has already been expressed in a photograph? Which is the better* representation of Meinhof: photograph or painting?

*I interpret “better” as closer to truth.

I think that I can make two different arguments regarding the reality vs. representation of Meinhof:

The first, is that the painting is less accurate of a representation because it is one step away from reality and therefore, creates distance from what actually happened. This argues: truth –> gaze –> photograph –> painting. Because Richter’s paintings blur the images from the photos, the subject is harder to see/understand.

On the other hand, I could argue that the painting is more accurate of a representation because it provides abstraction of the image, which, like Rothko, brings us closer to emotion and the truth. This argues: truth –> gaze –> painting –> photograph. Because Richter’s paintings blur the images from the photos, they break down the clear subject into brushstrokes and colors which can evoke more accurate emotion.

Why would Kurt, as an artist want to paint a photograph?

Why would he want to reproduce an image that has already been captured?

Does Richter believe that mediums like photography/painting create a harmless distance or harmful representation of reality?

Gardella: Wed. April 15th Post

“Shadows of the Summit Pointing West” (1960)

! Immediate impression of Meinhof’s writing is that she is blunt and a bit snarky in tone.

? What does détente mean? Definition: “The easing of strained relations, especially in a political situation, through verbal communication”

“Hitler Within You” (1961)

! Lots of parallels to today in the way that Meinhof discusses generational differences following shameful history

? Who is Herr Stauss? I think this is a made up person but it hints at the Minister of Defense, Franz Josef Strauss, as the footnote says that he ended up suing Meinhof for libel but lost.

“Everybody Talks About the Weather” (1969)

! This column can be summarized by the general idea of “truth” in that “everybody talks about the weather” as an avoidance of discussing the real issues like the façade of the Iranian Shah and journalist Bahman Nirumund, German capitalism, as well as the issues of women and children and other “apolitical” topics.

? What does Meinhof mean when she says that women’s work is “as consumers”?

“Women in the SDS: Acting on Their Own Behalf” (1968)

! Her writing is clever, especially as she explains the importance of the tomatoes as not just a method of protest, but as a way to bring the private to the public and as a way to literally “stain” the clothes of men that women must wash.

? What does SDS stand for? Socialist German Student Union

“From Protest to Resistance” (1968)

! Important themes from this column: Resistance is stronger than protest. Nonviolence compared to violence. Symbolic/verbal violence versus physical violence.

? What is so special about Springer Publications? Gave allegedly biased coverage of student movement.

Baader-Meinhof Komplex

! Meinhof left her children/family and steady life for RAF.

? Did the film romanticism terrorism? Who are the heroes of the film? Are there any?

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

! Balance between malicious yellow journalism and freedom of press. (Well displayed in epilogue at funeral)

? How similar is the film adaptation to the book? Did either have any effect on journalism at the time?