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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 »

The Condition of Music

Posted by perry on July 21, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Downtown Los Angeles.

Civilization judges a work of art not by the quantity of its transportable propositions but by the glow of its ineffable illuminations. The skilled audience, for its part, champions an artifact less for what it signifies than for what it suggests. ... Read More »

Dining at the Joycean Table

Posted by perry on June 12, 2015  /   Posted in Blog
Picture a charming restaurant in the Paris of 1965 where a young writer named Robert J. Seidman is waxing enthusiastic about a novel he’s just read. “Isn’t Ulysses great?” he enthuses to his companion, a considerably older gentleman of Irish extraction. “I think it may be the best novel I’ve ... Read More »
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