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The Readymade Is Already Made

Katherine Meadowcroft | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Katherine Meadowcroft

Of the twentieth-century art gods (Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol), Marcel Duchamp elicits no middle road. He is either revered as a godlike figure of contemporary art or disdained as a charlatan.

A Brief Rant on the Exhaustion of the Avant-Garde, Zombie Formalism and What Contemporary Painting Needs to Move Forward

John Seed | Posted 03.29.2015 | Arts
John Seed

There is a deep need for art that is authentic, engaged with the world and more about skill and knowledge than ego. Representation, which has been so restricted for the past decade, has vast untapped potential, and can be "progressive" in countless unexpected ways.

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

Easy Reader: Steve Martin's An Object of Beauty Is An Object of Flawed Beauty

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

Steve Martin may be a wild and crazy guy elsewhere but when it comes to his new novel, An Object of Beauty, set squarely in Manhattan's art-and-commerce world, he's serious.