JAMES BROUGHTON — PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST FROM THE TIMES OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION
The article is an attempt to introduce to Polish audience the artistic works and the person of James Broughton, one of the most important representatives of the American avant-garde. Outlining his profile, Idczak tries to show it as widely as possible against a broader background of the period, referring to debates about artistic strategies and poetic cinema fought by other avant-garde authors (for example Maya Deren). The main aim is to show Broughton mostly as an artist, not as a social activist. In his work the poetic and cinematic aspirations were intertwined and mutually conditioned. The article focuses on the themes found in the entire Broughton’s oeuvre: the body, eroticism, ecstasy, motion (as the most important notion of being), love, and finally — joy, as a form of artistic message and myth.
Translated by Aleksandra Idczak