DE HIRSH MARGULES: Guestbook Entry "NO show" (1963)
This moment is a record of things the present has known before - but not quite this way! This is a carnival of the other side of the "Sight Circus", an adjective used by Huelsenkamp and Tzara. Tristan hated the "Gemuetlichkeit" of old post World War One become encrusted with a hypocritical smile; and Huelsenkamp hated such atmosphere that turned communications and relations between friends weary. Such passed-by moment is now resurrected in a state of protest - and it's not made to please! The exhibition is really a thing, a noun called forth by time itself to relieve the remaining monotones and circumspected conventions remaining to haunt us after we assumed them to be long dead, - the moon is a witness to all the songs of love. …
This show is evidence that what Tristan, Tzara and Huelsenkampf had regarded as a "fait accompli" still remains the sore that hurts our sensibilities. … and our dearest aesthetic convictions.I am a neutral ghost and must therefore line up with the other side, the tail side of loss and futility become habit, obsession. But my own, my dearest thoughts are with the ones who carry on the blossoms of the past, those winning with intent emotion and talent what their objective, dedication and need demands. A million stars I am with these, their continuums. And if I do not belong, I at least cherish and admire and regard their effort with Love.
Source: Lurie, Boris; Krim, Seymour: NO!art, Cologne 1988
ISAAS EDWARD CECIL DE HIRSH DE TENNERIER GILMONT MARGULES, b. Romania, 1899. Emigrated to the US as an infant. He participated in over thirty one-person shows, was included at the Whitney Annuals from 1938 - 1956. His works are included in the collections of the Tel Aviv Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston among others. When he died died in 1965, The "New York Times" noted his important role in the city's aesthetic milieu and reported "he had such a spirit of youth and creativity a rare and wise and unusual man ".He was described as "the man who knew everyone". See catalogue for a De Hirsh Margules retrospective at the Babcock Galleries in New York. in 1994. ►more