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Arbitrary or Wilfull?

My personal definition of the arbitrary is a finite number of options, all equally good. That’s how a modern painting, or even a modernist painting, starts – with an arbitrary beginning. What does it matter after all whether the first … Continue reading

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Circuits

Recently had a chance to see two of Stella’s Indian Birds and a Circuit, and I can hardly believe that I ever thought the color in these works was arbitrary or slapdash. Stella must have said to himself that the … Continue reading

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To find

Looking back at Clark’s article on Picasso and Modern British Art, about the Stedelijk still life he says “Picasso’s colouring and cross-hatching are infinitely more nervous and ad hoc than they look from ten feet away.” It’s the ad hocness … Continue reading

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Picasso

There’s a Picasso show in Toronto right now, which I just saw for the second time. The famous gynomorphic still life, reproduced everywhere, is three to four times bigger than I expected. Big hacking strokes with a wide brush. Now there’s … Continue reading

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