Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Jenny Saville Question

Jonathon Jones in the Guardian rather than offering his criticism of Jenny Saville’s work leaves it up to his readers. I found none of the comments that illuminating except for the BeaverBloke, who was doing a lot of thinking … Continue reading

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Rico Lebrun on the Aztecs

Some remarks by Rico Lebrun that put contemporary art in perspective, excerpted from a letter from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, June 1953: My last hours in Mexico City were spent where we should have gone in the first place, … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan and photography

I took the above photo from a blog asking Has Bob Dylan Sold His Soul? It reminds me of Milton Resnick’s comment that showing work in a gallery is equivalent to selling your soul to the devil. To take this … Continue reading

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Vermeer and photography

Johannes Vermeer, View of Delft, 1660-61, oil on canvas, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis Since I’ve taken Jonathan Jones to task for some of his writing before and will no doubt do so in future, I wanted to post one of … Continue reading

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Resnick, Artaud, Balthus

The September 11 issue of Art in America has an article by David Reed where he mentions that the first time he saw Resnick he didn’t know who the painter was and his first thought was that he was the … Continue reading

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Balthus on Warhol, etc.

Balthus, The Mountain, 1937 This is the marvelous large-scale Balthus that is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was interesting to read these couple anecdotes in Nicholas Fox Weber’s fine Balthus biography: What came Balthus’s way from the … Continue reading

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Milton Resnick

Thinking about Milton Resnick a lot lately. I’m frustrated because I note that the Archives of American Art has material–his papers and an oral history interview on 3 sound cassettes with 172 p. transcript–and yet none of it is digitized … Continue reading

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