Saturday, November 10, 2012

An Invitation

I received a very nice email late this week inviting me to give a gallery talk at the St. Louis Art Museum early next year. On the subject of mid-twentieth century American painting and its companions in the commercial tradition. Specifically–in the realm of painting–Philip Guston and Stuart Davis, two of my aesthetic heroes. Delighted to accept; I'm already looking forward to it.

The subject of aesthetic heroes is a fascinating one, and clarifying, too. Before long it will be time for me to re-engage that subject; these are serialized questions, pegged to particular artistic episodes. A certain continuity is a given, but there are fluctuations, too.

Above, Philip Guston: Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973.

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