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A Natural History of the Novel

Posted by perry on January 01, 2018  /   Posted in Blog

Rosa Bonheur, The Horse Fair, 1852-1855. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 96.25 x 199.5 in.

The novel, like jazz, resists definition. Even the best of lexicographers can offer nothing more substantial than “an extended fictional narrative.” And little wonder, given the variety of works that have represented the genre in the ... Read More »

House of Sleeping Beauties

Posted by perry on July 09, 2017  /   Posted in Blog

Kathleen Gilje, Etta Dunham, 25 x 20.25 in; Mrs. Fisk Warren, 25 x 20 in; Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 25 x 19.25 in. From a series of 48 paintings after John Singer Sargent, 2007. Oil on linen.

What disturbs conventional forms of art? What mechanisms shatter comfortable patterns of constructive ... Read More »

Nature and the Eidetic Image

Posted by perry on April 06, 2017  /   Posted in Blog

Robert Lobe, Sandy, 2017. Hammered aluminum, prior to heat treating. 113 x 118 x 211 in.

While flora and fauna have long attracted the creative eye, the contemporary artist who holds a mirror to nature must—if the resulting reflection is to be seen with clarity—satisfy a proclivity for the befogged. ... Read More »

The Necessity of the Anamorphic

Posted by perry on December 03, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

Dorothea Rockburne, Scalar. 72-7/8 x 114-1/2 in. © 2016 Dorothea Rockburne / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

If a work of art makes an idea incarnate, what is the nature of the idea and what is the form of the manifestation? One approach to an answer begins with a ... Read More »

The Painting of the Future

Posted by perry on August 23, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

Neil Jenney, Ozarkia, 2014. 27.875 x 61 x 3.25 in.

Viewed from a distance, a painting with representational components seems to possess the clarity of a photograph. As a viewer walks closer, however, manifestations of the human hand begin to appear: A rough stone. A truncated branch. An unnatural hue. An ... Read More »
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