The Lyric and the Lyre

Posted by perry on January 29, 2019  /   Posted in Blog

Edwin Austin Abbey, “King Lear,” Act I, Scene I, 1898. Metropolitan Museum of Art. 54.25 x 127.25 in.

Poetry, said T.S. Eliot, enlarges our sensibilities to a degree greater than painting or sculpture. The reason lies in the power of words to raise our hidden feelings to the conscious ... Read More »

The Power of the Pure Idea

Posted by perry on October 15, 2018  /   Posted in Blog

Tom Shannon, Drop, 2009. Aix en Provence, France.

“What’s it about?” A common question from people looking at a work of art, but a bit of a puzzler for the creator of a sculpture, a painting or a novel. One answer is an appeal to the idea that sparked ... Read More »

The Persistence of the Real

Posted by perry on July 20, 2018  /   Posted in Blog

György Madarász, Scrap, 2018. 64 x 56 in; Fragment, 2018. 64 x 52 in. Oil on canvas.

Does a work of art have a cognitive element? Many will respond with a resounding “yes,” equating aesthetic value and the skilled infusion of constructive materials with an intellectual principle. The alternative ... Read More »

The Puzzle of Materials

Posted by perry on March 11, 2018  /   Posted in Blog

Caterina Verde, Remote Viewing. Scene from a work in progress, 2018. Video. © Caterina Verde

For artist Caterina Verde, an epiphany occurred before an Yves Klein painting. “There was so much energy coming from it that I thought it was going to knock me over,” she recalls of her encounter ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »
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