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No Progress Made

I thought I’d better amplify something I said in the preceding post, about art as an agent of enlightenment—the latter meaning freedom from myth. When art definitively became a secular religion, just before the turn of the twentieth century, it … Continue reading

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Figures coming through

Ruminating on the later work of Frank Stella has led me to a some new thoughts about what abstraction really is. Most important is to keep a sense of what Richard Shiff described in our recent conversation as the strangeness … Continue reading

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Stella and the Demons

From Working Space: I do not have a secret desire to put Donald Duck or naked women in my paintings, although I know they harbor a secret desire to be there.

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Journalism

To see how the concept of the demonic might be helpful to artists, one might contemplate certain categories that are current in art writing, such as “abstract expressionism” or “minimalism.” Close examination of the work involved is always enough to … Continue reading

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Demons

Some readers might be confused by my references to demons, especially in the context of the quote from Boris Groys in an earlier post, which might leave the impression that they are personal. The demons I’m talking about are social. … Continue reading

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Syntax of Forms

All of the recent thinking about literature and abstraction—Groys, Benjamin, Kitaj, Klee —has helped to clear up some lingering questions in the watercolors. Sometimes images appear, and sometimes that’s good, but I wasn’t sure how to distinguish when it is … Continue reading

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The Wound

The critics I respect are the ones who hurt me the most, or let’s say that they stick their fingers in the wound that already exists, the one I received from the great artists of modernism. The notion that one … Continue reading

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Fox News and my group

Every artist is a group. What is a mind but a chatterbox—a box full of chatter? Some of the voices are helpful, others definitely not. Some of them are more than voices—they do things. The name for these interfering beings … Continue reading

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