Degenerate art is in the eye of the beholder.
Jankel Adler was a modern artist and a Polish Jew under Hitler’s regime which took power in 1933. In that year, two of his pictures were displayed by the Nazis at the Mannheimer Arts Center as examples of degenerate art. Adler left Germany, staying in Paris as part of the political resistance against the fascist regime in Germany. In 1937, twenty-five of his works were seized from public collections by the Nazis and four were shown in the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition in Munich.
A number of respectable exhibitions of Adler’s works took place in London, Paris and New York During the 1940s. The cubist styles of Pablo Picasso and Fernand Leger influenced Adler’s figures throughout his life. But unlike Picasso and Leger, Adler often applied colors in a pasty manner – putting down a preliminary surface, covering it with another, and then scratching a pattern through the superficial layer to the lower color in a sgrafitto-like technique.
But speaking of degenerate, I would like to fast forward to 2013 to submit this song “Big Booty Judy” by Chris Brown to a Museum of Degenerate Art. Please be advised of offensive content.
We thinkin’ like 36, 24, 40 – That’s about right
Judy got a booty from here to there – Make a nigga smile from ear to ear
Order 3 more bottles of that belvedere – Then I point her out like you come here
You come here – And you come here
Booty sittin’ higher than a flight of stairs – Some can make it clap
Some really can’t though – Them Alabama girls said it’s all in the ankles
Speakin’ of ankles bent over and touch your toes – And pop it and make it roll I’m lovin this angle
Hah, I love this view that I’m lookin’ at
Dress so elegant, ass like the elephant – Shorty got me harder than I’ve ever been
So I’mma give it to like a motherfucking veteran – Barbie so sick so this dick be the medicine
And I know her name – She told me but all I heard…
Yeah, she make the club go crazy (crazy) – And the way she move her body is amazin’ (amazin’)
Yeah, she got me goin’ insane – And I don’t even really know her name
MI just call her Big booty Judy