Category Art of Cruelty

RIP Otto Muehl

“Birth” – Otto Muehl – 1983 On Monday, May 27 Otto Muehl, a figure central in Maggie Nelson’s Art of Cruelty, died at the age of 87.  As readers of Nelson’s book will be aware, Muehl was a founding member of the Viennese Actionists, who became famous for transgressive and often extremely violent art. A few relevant […]

Artaud, The Art of Cruelty and duende

Maggie Nelson pays much attention to Antonin Artaud in The Art of Cruelty. Especially to the ideas laid out in his manifesto and then seemingly put into practice in his 1947 banned radio play, To Have Done with the Judgement of God, to which Nelson says is “the closest Artaud may have come to ‘cutting […]