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Francis Bacon:
The Dark Theology of Meat

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Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon, 1909–1992

Francis Bacon was an extraordinary and extreme artist and one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century. He was also a Right-wing elitist and individualist who approached the problem of creating art in the twentieth century with an honesty and intensity that have not really been matched. Generally speaking, it is probably true to say that most of the Right dismiss Bacon along with other contemporary artists mainly because of his unique treatment of the human form. But in my view his art enunciates a violent assault on the complacency of conventional thinking and perception that should be seen as deeply consonant with the project of the Alt Right. Read more …

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John Everett Millais’ Isabella

John Everett Millais, Self-Portrait

John Everett Millais, Self-Portrait

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If you think of the Pre-Raphaelites you will probably be put in mind of flame-haired women in medieval dress or perhaps the depiction of a scene from a biblical or mythological story. The aesthetic appeal of such paintings seems to derive from a pre-modernist craving for something formally beautiful in its own right, without any sense of remove or cynicism. And if you consider that the tail end of the Pre-Raphaelite movement preceded the emergence of Dada by only a few years then it really does seem as though the Brotherhood marked a final statement in the history of Western art.  Read more …

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Against the Turner Prize

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Damien Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

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This is the transcript by V. S. of the audio of Jonathan Bowden’s short film Against the Turner Prize. Unfortunately, only the audio is available on YouTube. If anyone has access to the video version, please contact me at [email protected]. Bowden talks about 25 illustrations. Without the video, however, I have had to try to provide new illustrations based on Bowden’s descriptions, frequently without success.  Read more …

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Lars Holger Holm on Modern Art

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Lars Holger Holm
Hiding in Broad Daylight: An Analysis of the Political Radicalisation and Commercialisation of Artistic Modernism
London: Arktos, 2015

“Charles,” said Cordelia, “Modern Art is all bosh, isn’t it?”

“Great bosh.”

Brideshead Revisited (1945)  Read more …

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God Has Become Cancer:
Damien Hirst, Religion, & Death

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Jonathan Yeo, Portrait of Damien Hirst, 2013

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For the radical Right the issue of contemporary art is something of a non-starter. The past century or so of developments in the fine arts have been dominated by American (and often Jewish) theoreticians who have fashioned a sensibility wherein anything that smacks of European tradition is automatically verboten, unless it can be refracted through a distorting lens of ironic detachment or disinheritance.  Read more …

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Bi-Coastal Adventures in Modern Art

Charles Krafft and John Morgan appreciating art

Charles Krafft and John Morgan appreciating art

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September 29th: My friend Anastasia (not her real name) hits town. She’s staying with some friends in Brooklyn and invites me to meet her at the Participant Gallery, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Anastasia’s old friend Clytemnestra (not her real name) is going to perform what is described to me as a “cat dance.” I arrive on time to find the place quickly filling up with the most appalling collection of artsy-fartsy New York hipsters and self-conscious “individualists” that I have yet seen.  Read more …

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The Paintings of Harold Arthur McNeill

Harold Arthur McNeill and his familiar Tharsis

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Harold Arthur McNeill, born February 15th 1960, is an artist, poet, designer, and bookbinder living in Washington state. I first encountered his work in 2002 on the cover of the limited hardcover edition of Julius Evola’s Men Among the Ruins (Waterbury Center, Vt.: Dominion Press, 2002). I have used a number of his mordant and funny graphics at Counter-Currents. (See the “You may also like . . .” links at the bottom of this page. Click here to view his Facebook graphics gallery. Click here to view his website.) Read more …

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The Lovecraftian Art of Harold Arthur McNeill

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H. P. Lovecraft is not just an inspiration to writers but also to visual artists who wish to translate his uncanny and sometimes elusive descriptions into visible realities. Harold Arthur McNeill is one of my favorite Lovecraftian artists. This portfolio of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphics, and book-bindings will show you why.

Mr. McNeill makes his living from his art, so if you like his work, please contact him at [email protected] to arrange a purchase or a commission.  Read more …

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Thoughts on Francis Bacon

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The following is excerpted from Jonathan Bowden’s Skin, a book he wrote in the early 1990s. The text has been lightly edited, mainly for punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.

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Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 38  
Interview with Charles Krafft

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Freude durch Krafft

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Charles Krafft, Hitler Idaho teapot, 2003

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In 2005, Seattle artist Charles Krafft won the revisionist Holocaust Historiography Project’s prize for the most absurd World War II atrocity tale.

In 2006, in an interview published on the blog The eXTra finGer, Krafft answered the question, “What else are you interested in besides visual arts?” as follows:

Travel, interbellic Romanian history, psychedelics, Holocaust revisionism, Read more …

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The Persecution of Charles Krafft

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charleskrafftWhenever a person of any prominence expresses interest in or agreement with tabooed ideas like White Nationalism, anti-Semitism, or Holocaust revisionism, the standard Judeo-Leftist strategy is to destroy him socially and economically — unless, of course, there are no legal barriers to outright murder.  Read more …

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Cultural Communism & the Inegalitarian Basis of All Genuine Art

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

Editor’s Note: 

The Following is an excerpt from Blood, written between April and May 1992. It is part of a much longer discussion about art, where Bowden explores one of his favorite themes: the art of the radical Left versus the art of the radical Right. Read more …

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Classical Modernism & the Art of the Radical Right

Wyndham Lewis, "Red Duet," 1914

Wyndham Lewis, “Red Duet,” 1914

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Edited by Alex Kurtagić 

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The following is an excerpt from Jonathan Bowden’s HeatRead more …

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Video of the Day 
Jonathan Bowden on British Sculpture

Part 1: 7:28

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Rex Fairburn

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A. R. D. Fairburn was born on February 2, 1904. Fairburn was a poet, painter, critic, essayist, and advocate of Social Credit, New Zealand Nationalism, and organic farming. In commemoration,we are publishing the following expanded version of Kerry Bolton’s essay on Fairburn. To read Fairburn’s magnificent poem “Dominion,” click here. Read more …

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My Education, Part II

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What follows are selections from Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 4, “My Education, II (1910–1916).” Read more …

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Whistler, Kant, & Modern Art

James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), "At the Piano," 1858–59

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Anthony M. Ludovici’s grandfather and father, Albert Ludovici, Sr. and Albert Ludovici, Jr. were celebrated and successful painters in England. Read more …

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The Lovecraftian Art of Harold Arthur McNeill

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H. P. Lovecraft is not just an inspiration to writers but also to visual artists who wish to translate his uncanny and sometimes elusive descriptions into visible realities. Harold Arthur McNeill is one of my favorite Lovecraftian artists. This portfolio of his paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphics, and book-bindings will show you why. Read more …

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The Paintings of Harold Arthur McNeill

Harold Arthur McNeill and his familiar Tharsis

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Harold Arthur McNeill, born February 15th 1960, is an artist, poet, designer, and bookbinder living in Seattle. I first encountered his work in 2002 on the cover of the limited hardcover edition of Julius Evola’s Men Among the Ruins (Waterbury Center, Vt.: Dominion Press, 2002). I have used a number of his mordant and funny graphics at Counter-Currents. (See the “You may also like . . .” links at the bottom of this page. Click here to view his Facebook graphics gallery.) Read more …

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Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait

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What follows are some observations about Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, Triple Self-Portrait. Much could be said about Rockwell, the descendant of early (c. 1635) New England settlers, and the topic of race. He portrayed American whites—and reflected their idealized image of themselves in their twilight decades—as few other artists have before or since. Read more …

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Elof Wedin, a Swedish American Artist

Elof Wedin, 1958

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Elof Wedin (1901–1983) enjoyed a long career as an artist from the 1920s to the mid-1970s, supporting himself as a boilermaker in industrial hot water plants, painting on nights and weekends.

Today his paintings, pastels, and sculptures are housed in 52 private collections and 19 organizations, Read more …

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Zeus Hangs Hera at the World’s Edge:
Arno Breker & the Pursuit of Perfection

Apollo and Daphne by Arno Breker

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Arno Breker (1900–1991) was the leading proponent of the neo-classical school in the twentieth century, but he was not alone by any stretch of the imagination. If we gaze upon a great retinue of his figurines, which can be seen assembled in the Studio at Jackesbruch (1941), Read more …

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Rex Fairburn

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A. R. D. Fairburn, 1904–1957, is not usually identified with the “Right.” As a central figure in the development of a New Zealand national literature, much of the contemporary self-appointed literary establishment would wish to identify Fairburn with Marxism or liberalism, as were other leading literary friends of Fairburn’s such as the Communist R. A. K. Mason. Read more …

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Stewart Home & Cultural Communism

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In a recent article on this site entitled “Violence and ‘Soft Commerce’” Dominique Venner spoke about leftist radicals being absorbed by the system which they affect to detest. He was referring in particular to the collected manuscripts of Guy Debord, the left-wing revolutionary and situationist, whose pabulum was recently saved for the national library by Chirac’s minister of culture.

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Iron Man:
The Art of Jonathan Bowden, Vol. 3

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Jonathan Bowden
The Art of Jonathan Bowden, Vol. 3: Early Pop Art, 19671974
London: The Spinning Top Club, 2010

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Frank Frazetta:
The New Arno Breker?

Frank Frazetta, “Death Dealer”

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Frank Frazetta was an artist who created countless paintings, comics, and book and album covers with a focus on the superhero, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He lived between 1928 and 2010. Read more …

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A Contemporary Evaluation of Francis Parker Yockey, Part 2

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Part 2 of 3, Part 1 here

Yockey and Huxley on “Soft” Totalitarianism

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Auguste Rodin:
Premier Sculptor

Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) drawn by Alphonse Legros (1837–1911)

Auguste Rodin, 1840–1917

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Sculpture, as an art form, is not native to Northwest Europe. Northern Europeans excel in painting, graphics, drawing, music, and dance: aesthetic forms more individualistic than the grandiose formalism of monumental sculpture. Sculptural development needed large metropolitan areas, rich patrons, and masses of artisans. Thus, sculpture came to us through the Classical corridor of Egypt, Crete, Greece, and finally the Roman copies that diffused into Northern Europe.

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The Art of Jonathan Bowden, Vol. 2: 1968–1974

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Jonathan Bowden
The Art of Jonathan Bowden, vol. 2: 19681974
London: The Spinning Top Club, 2009

Last time I saw Jonathan Bowden, I asked him how he was. His answer, delivered with bared teeth and so typical of him, elicited peals of laughter from Bowden himself, “I am always superb and getting stronger!” Bowden, you see, loves an audience, but he is quite able to entertain himself without one, as the second volume of his art eloquently shows.

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