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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 »

The Two Levers of Meaning

Posted by perry on March 06, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

John Duff, Timeline. 95 x 53 x 33 in. Photo by Sally Ross.

What does a work of art mean? The question seems particularly challenging for a painting or sculpture lacking a suggestive representational anchor. It is one thing to posit, correctly or not, that “the Mona Lisa’s meaning is ... Read More »
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