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Good Morning City, Bleeding Town

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was an artist who built buildings; a painter who made up fictionalized cities; and an ecologist who created art. He rejected standardization in art (and in life), criticizing modern architect-designed buildings—particularly skyscrapers—as inhuman chicken coops (or “bleeding houses”) created by men who worked with straight-edged rulers (straight lines being “godless and immoral”). Seeing himself as an architect-healer, he advocated for a greater connectivity to nature and for tenants’ rights, including the ability to paint their apartments whatever colors they wanted inside and out. His idea that skyscrapers should be beautiful and that undulating forms are appealing has found new credence in the works of many postmodern architects.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection has a second version of this print in a different color combination (Eskenazi Museum of Art 70.69).

Friedensreich Hundertwasser
Austrian, 1928–2000
Good Morning City, Bleeding Town
Color silkscreen with metal foil and embossing on paper
Image/sheet: 33 7/16 x 21 15/16 in. (84.9 x 55.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Mary Ellen Sterba, 85.64

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