AGENT ORANGE IS THE COLOR OF DELUSION
“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!”
Kitaj was an American-Jew born in 1935. The gifted painter had been deeply disturbed by the events in Vietnam. Not even a decade later with USA’s financial backing, follows the concerted murder of Latin America’s political left. A bit much for an already deeply disillusioned generation. America had decidedly chosen to follow perfidious foreign policies, in the name of Freedom & Democracy. The mindlessness of human’s rage is always present in Kitaj’s work. The often violent themes stand in sharp contrast to his choice of alightened feathery colors. Are these metaphors for the blurs of delusion? This painting from him has always reminded me of Malcolm Lowry’s Under The Volcano filmed by Director John Huston…..wherein colliding the tropical air hovers an inexorable pull toward self-destruction.
And what has my lame generation done with all of this knowledge? Gone to war, of course!