2020-02-02 17:00

Relaunching my website shortly. I want to use this space as a research companion/notepad for my school coursework (third year art history B.A. at Columbia College Chicago).

Updates soon.

2019-12-15 00:00

#JEAN MICHEL BASQUAIT Interview with Henry Geldzahler (1983)

HG: What is your subject matter? JMB: (pause) Royalty, heroism, and the streets.

HG: Is there anger in your work now? JMB: It’s about 80% anger.

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2019-10-07 21:40

For His First Museum Show in 15 Years, John Currin Turns His Gaze to Men

How do you know when you’re done?

I don’t know how to finish a painting. All I can tell you is how it feels for the painting to be finished. I don’t want to make a gross or inappropriate analogy, but it’s a little bit like when you first remember being in high school or college or whatever and it’s going to be your first kiss. It’s scary. You don’t know what to do. But then it just happens. And in retrospect it seems like, Oh yeah, of course. It was natural.” Something a little bit like that happens in the painting where you’re nervous and nothing’s happening and it’s like you’re thinking it through and talking, and talking, and talking. And then, if you’re lucky, something physically happens in the painting; physical logic takes over, rather than the idea. My role diminishes, and I’m more of a craftsman. I just work here. I’ve been sent to fix a few things. I’m just cleaning up now. I’m picking up my tools.

What’s your favorite artwork by someone else?

I have to sort of balance my urge to lie, and my urge to tell the truth. I need to lie to figure it out. I know it was Hunters in the Snow” by Bruegel, or The Peasant Dance” — the one where the people are running in from the right side of the painting. And then Botticelli, I guess. The Primavera.” But you know, I feel like it’s a little dishonest of me to name an Italian artist.

Courbet is kind of the trashy one that I always come back to when I’m feeling like I’ve got to figure out something. WWCD: What Would Courbet Do? I saw The Origin of the World” in Brooklyn when I was 19. I’d seen 900,000 photographic images of women spreading their legs but I’d never seen a painting. It was the weirdest feeling. It was much more real than a photograph. It was the strangest thing I’d ever seen. It completely knocked me over. And in a way that’s one of my favorite paintings. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t.

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2019-10-07 21:37

Any Answers: Jeff Wall

I fell in love with the granular surface of a photograph. Some people say, Photographs are all surface. Paintings have this depth and texture.’ I get what they’re saying. But photography has this swarming molecular grain, which I find so beautiful. When photographs are large, you get the sense that you’re being vaporised into grain.

I’m not interested in narrative. My pictures are a web of narrative impulses that people have and need. But none of my pictures have scenarios. Scenarios suggest narrative lines. Films have scenarios, and I don’t make films.

My photographs are compositions. Francis Bacon once said, I like to bring as many figures together as I can without there being any narrative.” I totally agree with him. It’s a great way of articulating the aim of pictorial art. I don’t want people to be able to say what’s happening straight away.

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2019-10-07 21:09

Matthew Wong, Whose Indelible Canvases Charted New Paths for Landscape Painting, Is Dead at 35

But he enjoyed shooting photographs, and in 2010 enrolled in the City University of Hong Kong School of Creative Media’s M.F.A. photography program. It was not an ideal experience for him. Even towards the end of my degree I felt I had gained no real skills or prospects that could take me forward in the professional world,” he said in that same interview. And so, in 2012, I considered drawing for the first time—maybe as a last resort to find something to hold on to,” he went on. At first I just bought a cheap sketch pad along with a bottle of ink and made a mess every day in my bathroom randomly pouring ink onto pages—smashing them together—hoping something interesting was going to come out of it. Pretty soon that was the only activity that sustained me in my daily routine.”

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2019-09-19 21:46

THE COLD, STERILE ART OF INSTAGRAM BROTOGRAPHY

The straight male Instagram aesthetic, these Twitter users argue, is characterized by eschewing people, warmth and emotionality in favor of cold, arty” shots of inert objects, especially buildings. No shade, but the straight boy Instagram where it’s just photos of city buildings at strange angles is pretty ubiquitous, right?” Aaron, a 30-year-old textile artist based in Australia, observed as early as August of last year. Comedian Catherine Cohen made a similar point recently, tweeting that the only way to know someone is definitely straight is if they Instagram buildings.”

I’m fucking furious.

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