Tag Archives: Jerry Saltz

muse and the economy

Or is it the economy and the muse? When individuals are fighting tooth and nail for a living, they look on the arts as a thing apart. Has our affluent society today carried over some of this disdain into a … Continue reading

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wrapped in the melodrama of vulgarity

Was the impulse of modern art to destroy beauty, to pitch renaissance notions of beauty into the dumpster? Behind De Kooning, was there a profound and embedded hated of women? He did say “flesh was the main reason oil paint … Continue reading

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force feeding a permeable society

The artist’s treatment of the individual does in many respects, though not definitively, reflect a culture’s attitude towards itself. There is a grey zone between kitsch and perversity, as if they gravitate to one another creating a rather violent aesthetic. … Continue reading

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prisoner of love: escaping the gatekeeper

Attacking the bourgeois values, but the greater the assault the more apparent that the author, in his own particular way, was part of the elite, canonized as cultural commodity himself, like Burroughs and Ginsberg, an icon, a spokesman for articulating … Continue reading

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new frontier

The modern sense of the human being. The eternal sense of the individual condition as essentially one of individual conflict and torment, caught in some nasty crosswinds between building and demolition- often simultaneously- the regression and enlightened, the hysterical and … Continue reading

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in between a boundary and a border

Border crossings. Illegal and clandestine transportation of the self to another realm….”Crimes of which a people are ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.” (Jean Genet) Its an image of the collapsing moment, liberated from the … Continue reading

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on the back of: use and abuse?

Lucian Freud’s art could be termed anti-romantic and confrontational.And just plain creepy.¬† He tended to represent people as he saw them, and between what he perceived and came out on canvas we will never really understand all the processes involved. … Continue reading

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lenin road show: the neverending tour

Rudolf Herz is not exactly a stranger¬† to controversy regarding his unconventional approach to memory and remembrance. His work often attempts to explore the malevolence that underlines the criticisms directed towards him and certain other artists such as in the … Continue reading

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giants: part metal packets

Apparently, size does matter.They are giants. twelve feet high; a haunting reminder of the ancient nephilim said to have wandered the earth in a remote past. But these are mythological monsters transformed into autonomous¬† structures that do feed a certain … Continue reading

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REVOLUTION OF THE SEXY LAMB

” it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. Duke Ellington’s 1931 composition in reverse.Were there Subliminal messages in Beatles songs when played backwards? The famous dead-man messages contained within the marketing and the more subliminal experiments … Continue reading

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