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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Color: Emphasis

Gerhard Richter’s abstractions are perfect POMO vehicles. They describe how color, light and space work in our current painting endgame. As is made abundantly clear by these paintings abstraction continues to reference and represent the Modernist urge to rise to the surface. The high key hues keep jumping into sight bobbing right up to the […]

Color: Chromophobia

Let those who are in favour with their stars Of public honour and proud titles boast, Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars Unlook’d for joy in that I honour most. Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread But as the marigold at the sun’s eye, And in themselves their pride lies buried, For […]

The Shock of the New New

Damien Hirst wants to paint like it’s 1952. And he wants these paintings to have a ready-made auction impact, one that will make them classically collectible and bid-worthy. The problem is these paintings are instantly forgettable as paintings – momento mori lite. However, what is interesting in the media blitz surrounding the unveiling of this work is the media blitz […]

Mario’s New Gig

Mario Naves, one of our better art writers, is now connected with City Arts.  His column at the Observer has been posted sporadically of late and it’s great to get more regular updates.  Be sure to check out his new gig!

Color: Modernism

We are a million miles from Tintoretto’s hospital. In fact we’ve stripped off and we’re stomping through a glade of flat secondary colors and collapsing space. Don’t be confused – Matisse’s secondaries and tertiaries are not the same as those in Yuskavage’s glade of optical indifference. What’s at stake here is something tremendous. Matisse was […]

Color: 16th Century

Why is my verse so barren of new pride, So far from variation or quick change? Why with the time do I not glance aside To new-found methods, and to compounds strange? Why write I still all one, ever the same, And keep invention in a noted weed, That every word doth almost tell my […]

Willful Optimism

Right now there are a number of art publicists trying to cheerlead the art world out of the current market collapse. Jerry Saltz is the number one cheerleader asking us why we aren’t enjoying ourselves while he’s having so much fun. “All of this is to say that the demise of the art world has been […]