Monthly Archives: February 2011


Time to look at some bathers. First a late Renoir idyll. Bathers Playing with a Crab, c. 1897.  I’ve never seen this one. It says Philadelphia Museum, Cleveland Museum. Never seen a listing that gives two museums after the title. … Continue reading

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Willem de Kooning

Here’s de Kooning: Here’s a bit of de Kooning talking about the women paintings. Here’s some more de Kooning. Motherwell and Newman are on the video as well. But those two don’t interest me nearly as much as de Kooning … Continue reading

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Max Beckmann

Comment on Max Beckmann’s Falling Man by Steve: An exciting painting by Max Beckmann, an artist that I’ve been meaning to look more deeply into for years, but can’t seem to find a good book about him and his painting. … Continue reading

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Duchamp on Duchamp 2

I know that this statement will not meet with the approval of many artists who refuse the mediumistic role and insist on their awareness of the creative act–yet, art history has consistently decided upon the virtues of a work of … Continue reading

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Philip Guston

The New York School was composed of any number of fascinating artists. At the moment, I’m most interested in Guston. What’s fixed my attention on him is the recent publication of his lectures and interviews. These reveal sides of Guston … Continue reading

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Duchamp on Duchamp

This is from Drawing on Art: Duchamp and Company by Dalia Judovitz, Marcel Duchamp. Referring back to Guston’s remarks about Duchamp finding Rubens to be random and spontaneous (which I’m still calling the trance state). Rudolph Arnheim… objected to Duchamp’s … Continue reading

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Rothko and the Sculls

Here’s a short passage from James Breslin’s marvelous biography of Mark Rothko (p. 422) that gives a clear indication of the transfer of paintings meaning from that of a spiritual form of expression to a debased materialistic one. It gives … Continue reading

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