Existentialism City Square

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Existentialism was a movement about how humans act and what they are. There were different types of existentialism; Christians, atheists, feminists, and basically everyone else struggled with existentialism after the war. They were all about the notion that humans define who they are through what they do, and that we need to create our own genuine existences with our actions in life. We are what we make ourselves to be, to put it simply in the words of Jean-Paul Sartre. The artists of this movement wanted desperately to find what would truly make an ‘authentic’ existence. They wanted to explore the truth of what Sartre had been saying. Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture City Square was one of the many results of this exploration. Giacometti’s whole process itself was a more wholesome work of art itself than the actual finished product. He obsessively worked at the underlying structure of his human figures, continually changing them, destroying them, and building them up again. Eventually they ended up being very thin, battered looking figures. This was a representation of humans- how we constantly change ourselves and evolve, and, during this time, it was about how they were spending so much energy trying to figure out who they really were and why they…show more content…
They were free thinkers and rebels, and they wanted to live more authentic lives with drugs, sex, alcohol, and nonconformity; they often included these subjects in their art as well. Allen Ginsberg’s three-part poem, Howl, is considered one of the most accurate characterizations of the Beat generation; it broke barriers by including drugs, sexual language, alcohol, and exposing the raw world. The word choice in this poem is captivating to say the least, and the verses are all thought-provoking. It was said that the first public reading of Howl marked the beginning of an era of expressive, rebellious artwork in
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