Tag Archives: Barnett Newman

Professionalism as Ending

I know that the previous post ended on an apparent contradiction. Rothko’s mature and characteristic  work certainly looks strong in comparison to what preceded it—simplified, clarified, professionalized and rationalized, but it’s no longer an origin, more a conclusion. The way … Continue reading

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Stately verticals

I can defend my constant harping on the need to reject the grid for a new departure in abstraction. Maybe not totally new, but new enough. It’s a critique of a common, in fact widely accepted feature of existing abstract … Continue reading

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Expressiveness of Abstract Form

The topic of the expressiveness of abstract form bears some attention. One point that goes without saying and must be said anyway: “expression” does not refer to any statement of ideas or outflow of emotion from the artist, it’s an … Continue reading

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Birds and Ornithology

According to Taleb: “The problem of knowledge is that there are many more books on birds written by ornithologists than books on birds written by birds and books on ornithologists written by birds.”

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Principles of Abstraction

In the face of environmental collapse, certain birds have to study ornithology to survive.  

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