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    German or French? Part I

    Modernism came to the US wrapped up in the theoretics of the School of Paris. Our understanding of painting and our tastes for certain kinds of painting arrived here fully formed and deeply connected to that history.

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    …utter contempt for painting

    “I want to assassinate painting,” Joan Miró is reported to have said, in 1927. Four years later, the Catalan modern master elaborated, in an interview: “I intend to destroy, destroy everything that exists in painting. I have utter contempt for…

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    The weird turn pro…

    “The term comes from a rather interesting guy [Alexei Yurchak] who wrote about what it was like to live in the Soviet Union in the middle of the 1980s when the Soviet Union was collapsing. Because there wasn’t really any…

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    Hazy Days

    George Hofmann posted some older things on instagram a while ago – a series of paintings from 2010. Hadn’t seen these before – mysterious, late evening paintings – abstractions harkening back to the Spain of the late 18th & early…

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    High Line Things

    A couple of walks along the High Line a little while ago. Very few souls out and about – strange days.

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    Mike Zahn – Quarantine Art

    Mike Zahn writes a sensitive and beautiful tribute to Jackie Saccoccio and a wonderful painting that she gifted him a few years ago. The article by Stephen Maine in Hyperallergic is about artists living with their collections during quarantine. Highly…

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    Time

    Pinned on the wall in front of my desk is a postcard of Matisse’s Bay of Nice. It’s a surprising image, because it initially looks like what it is – an artist creating a postcard image of a lovely seascape…

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    Dennis!

    The other night walked past the Jane Street Tavern and had a very specific memory of having dinner and drinks with some good friends many years ago. That evening was particularly rowdy and filled with talk of art, life and…

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    Excitable Boy…

    I went home with the waitressThe way I always doHow was I to knowShe was with the Russians tooI was gambling in HavanaI took a little riskSend lawyers guns and moneyDad get me out of this (ha)I’m the innocent bystanderSomehow…

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    Louise Fishman @ Karma

    For many years painters like Amy Sillman, Sue Williams, Jackie Saccoccio, and in this show at Karma, Louise Fishman, have been questioning the expectations and boundaries of an exhausted Abstract Expressionism. What's surprising about this is that these painters have…