Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and Passivities of Andy Warhol

Sidney Janis, 1967 Silk-screening makes repetition part of the meaning of the image. Even one silk-screened print is felt as a repetition, and Warhol repeats these images until repetition is magnified into a theme of variance and invariance, and of the success and failures of identicalness. Prince of Boredom: The Repetitions and Passivities of Andy […]

Willem de Kooning: What Abstract Art Means to Me (1951)

Queen of Hearts, 1943-46 @ The Willem de Kooning Foundation “It is very interesting to notice that a lot of people who want to take the talking out of painting, for instance, do nothing else but talk about it.” – Willem de Kooning   What Abstract Art Means to Me By Willem de Kooning, February […]

Brassai Interviews Pablo Picasso: An excerpt from ‘Conversations with Picasso’

Girl Before A Mirror by Pablo Picasso “People are always asking me to sign my old canvases. It’s ridiculous!” – Picasso An excerpt from Conversations with Picasso by Brassaï Wednesday 20 October 1943 The table, only yesterday covered with dust, is completely clean. Catalogs, brochures, books, and letters have been carefully dusted and even arranged by size […]

Ed Ruscha on Wanting a Product and a Final Result

Heaven Hell @ Ed Ruscha “I have really no direction, I have no plans. I can’t write my future. I can’t write my own history. I’m most fascinated by that one idea of the things that are undone now, will be done in five years time.” – Ed Ruscha   MR. RUSCHA: I think the […]

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty Glossy/Dangerous

 Blue Poles, 2007. Enamel on metal, 60 x 72 inches   Medusa was in various forms of legend alternately beautiful and hideous; a telling difference, in that it suggests either extreme is equally liable to turn a man to stone.   The words Pretty/Dirty, the title of Marilyn Minter’s current exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum […]

Barbara Kruger – “Whose Values?” (2015)

Artist Barbara Kruger, the 2014/15 Getty Artists Program invitee, is internationally renowned for her large-scale and immersive image, text, and video installations that address provocative social, cultural, and political issues.

Pop Art / Art Pop: The Andy Warhol Connection

Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat @ The Warhol Foundation “Because of Andy Warhol, it’s no longer possible to just do what you do and not have to act it out 24 hours a day. His style of doing things changed everybody’s idea of what the values were that could make you a star. And as a […]

A Near Miss with Zombie Formalism in the Work of Hannah Whitaker

@ Hannah Whitaker, courtesy of Morel Books Hannah Whitaker’s “Peer to Peer” with Morel books could easily be subsumed into the category of “zombie formalism” with its easy abstraction and playful dialogue of purist abstraction and aesthetic formal nuances.   By Brad Feuerhelm, ASX, March 2015 Hannah Whitaker’s “Peer to Peer” with Morel books could […]

The Last Francis Bacon Interview – On Violence, Meat and Photography

“We are born with a scream; we come into life with a scream, and maybe love is a mosquito net between the fear of living and the fear of death.”   Excerpts from Francis Bacon: I Painted to be Loved Interview by Francis Giacobetti conducted on February 1992, published in The Art Newspaper, no. 137, […]