Artist Stanislav Szukalski, A Forgotten Master

Uncouth Reflections

Sir Barken Hyena writes:

Cultural memory is a roulette wheel, and there’s no telling who will survive to be one of the “deathless greats”. Some come and go, as Shakespeare has, and some never get a shot at the big time. In the latter category, prominent is Polish sculptor Stanislav Szukalski.

Despite his obvious genius, it’s not hard to understand why. A deeply irascible man, he seems to have had a gift for pissing off everyone he ever met, within minutes. Pair this with his iconoclastic and politically untenable self-developed mythology of Zermatism and it’s clear he was destined for the memory hole.

But, since he’s dead now and can’t further alienate anyone, and since the tenets of high modernism have been revealed as garbage, it might just be his time to ride high.

From his Wikipedia article:

Zermatism, Szukalski’s concept of world history, postulated that all human culture derived from post-deluge Easter Island and…

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