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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 the ... 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 is ... 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 with ... 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 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 »
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