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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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. ... 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 ... Read More »
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