New information about the Ben Hecht / George Grosz relationship and newly found Hecht texts and Grosz drawings appear in Florice Whyte Kovan's latest Ben Hecht anthology, Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago: Essays and Tall Tales of Artists and the Cityscape of the 1920s. Snickersnee Press ISBN 0-9667709-4-3, 23.95.
Below: Detail from a Georg Grosz drawing dedicated to Charlie Chaplin in Flori Kovan's book of Hecht's Art & Architecture stories.
Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago: Essays and Tall Tales of Artists and the Cityscape of the 1920s
Our book feature a 22-inch two-page spread of six George Grosz drawings about the United States and Chicago rendered between 1915 and 1923.
Additionally, the reader will find picturers of Ben Hecht, Grosz and Karl Dohmann, aka Diamonides, together in Berlin 1919 and an elaborate film still title for which Grosz did the artwork.
The Snickersnee Press book includes two Hecht pieces about George Grosz not reprinted since their original publication in the early 1920s: Hoch Das Dadaismus for a Milwaukee publication and Enchanted Exiles, the latter about George Grosz's fascination with America.
In Hecht's story, Enchanted Exiles we learn of Grosz's thrill to American skyscrapers, especially Chicago's new Wrigley Building. Hecht tells the story in an interview with Georg Grosz's American agent, Herman Sachs, who then lived in Chicago and became part of Hollywood's creative scene.
|As editor/commentator, I opined, "Artists, the core of whose work is illusion and reality, seem particularly susceptible to failed optimism vis a vis the market for their creativity-------- " Florice Whyte Kovan|
Related DaDa material in the book: Hecht's story "Dada" about Johannes Baader exemplifies the Da Da philosophy and absurdist approach in a rare example of DaDa literature in America. References to the Ku Klux Klan in the story are explained in Kovan's notes taking the reader into Hecht's civil rights work.
Reviews: Collectors Edition: "A creative and artistic masterpiece." Oliver Pollak, Social Historian. Trade book: George Fetherling (Hecht's first biographer) Vancouver Sun, August 10. Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune-WGN radio, August 18.
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