A New Age in Painting (at Last)?
1950s Ad Reinhardt makes “the" last painting—and then continues to make “last” paintings until he dies in 1967. Therein he delineates the conundrum of the death of originality in painting and the perpetual urge for the medium’s mysteries, no matter how reduced, remote or seemingly pointless. 1960s Around the same time, Conceptual art renders the object superfluous. If painting isn’t really dead, it has been backed into a corner. Checkmate. Late 1970s/early 1980s Painting is back with a vengeance. It is big, bold, colorful and flamboyant—whether intentionally decorative, macho-expressionistic, imitative, derivative, or a re-enactment of that which has already been seen—it embraces, scrutinizes and repositions...
Art Trivia of the Week—Smoke Signals
Legend has it that the midwife in Picasso’s birth believed him to be dead, abandoning the newborn to care for his mother instead. Picasso’s uncle, Don Salvador, saved his young, neglected soul by blowing cigar smoke in his face, an effective method to bring the child both to tears and back to life.
“Awareness Seems to Happen in Waves”
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Sexshops and Siren Calls
Man’s Best Friend
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