Tag Archives: Terry Atkinson

Captions and Backstories

Scott Lyall and I have been having some discussions about the concept of “backstory,” which appeared on this blog about nine months ago. Recently he brought up the topic of captions, which allows an important distinction to be made. A … Continue reading

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Drawing and writing

A few years ago I saw a show of Gego and the distinguished Argentine artist Leon Ferrari at MoMA. Ferrari’s work repels me—a purely instinctive reaction. Normally I might expect that feeling to reverse at some point, but in his … Continue reading

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Titles long and exuberant

Through all the recent thoughts on this blog about backstory and titles, to my mind one approach really stands out as less problematic than any of the others, and that’s Terry Atkinson’s very long caption-titles. His titles contain in themselves … Continue reading

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Title as hook

A criticism of Terry Atkinson’s work, and its titles, would start by observing that the object is devalued by being wrapped in a fog of words. Modernist attention to the object is not an avoidance of history, or at least … Continue reading

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Titles historical

Terry’s way with titles is basically the same as Motherwell’s, although seems very different. The fundamental difference is that Atkinson is more of a modernist, since no matter how specific their references his titles are always reflections on the role … Continue reading

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Titles abstract and verbose

Thinking about titles reminds me of Terry Atkinson. We used to be friendly but I haven’t seen him for years. His idea—one of those simple and obvious things that we never think of—is that every picture has a caption already … Continue reading

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