John Brumfield

  • “Automobile and Culture”

    In 1922 the veristic painter Georg Scholz produced a meticulously acerbic lithograph entitled Daily Newspaper. The work is typical of contemporary partisan criticism, its point made by opposing two already shopworn stereotypes: the worker—downtrodden, physically dejected, and bone lean—and the plutocrat, top hatted of course, predictably porcine, and grinning malevolently. Like virtually every other of the nearly 200 paintings, photographs, sculptures, posters, drawings, and prints in this nearly monumental exhibition, Scholz’s piece illustrates an aspect of the cultural symbolism of the