Father of auto-destructive art dies, leaves behind grand legacy of activism and artistic idealism | DesignFaves

Father of auto-destructive art dies, leaves behind grand legacy of activism and artistic idealism | DesignFaveshttp://www.designfaves.com/2017/03/father-of-auto-destructive-art-dies-leaves-behind-grand-legacy-of-activism-and-artistic-idealism#refnlGustav Metzger is one of the most popular artists in the political arena. At a young age, he has become a big name in anti-capitalism, anti-consumerism, and the disarmament of nuclear weaponry. Born in 1926, he was destined for an activist’s life. Many consider Metzger as an “artist’s artist”. He described his work as “a desperate last-minute subversive political weapon and attack on the capitalist system (an attack also on art dealers and collectors who manipulate modern art for profit)”. One of the biggest lessons that he always mentioned was that of artists’ role as destroyers (as much as they were creators). He emphasized that artists need to “make fewer things”. “We have no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste,” he said in one of his rallies. Now that he has left us, he will be leaving behind some very grand lessons and works of art.