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Holocaust Remembrance Day (George Segal)

In general, not a huge fan of George Segal. But today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, marked by the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 27, 1945. It seems a good a day as any and ever to post … Continue reading

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(My Working Will Be the Work) Maintenance Art and the Messianic (Mierle Laderman Ukeles)

As it turns out, Jewish ritual, the idea of the holy, informs much of this artist’s work and her thought. They cut against the grain of “messianism” in ways that are at once profound and ordinary. My introduction to her … Continue reading

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A Hanukah Apocalypse (Gal Cohen)

Untitled, 2016, by Gal Cohen (oil on wood, 30×35 cm) The facelessness of the figures draw out the difference between inside and outside, the gentle pink in contrast to the orange burning outside the window. The city’s on fire.

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Physical Torture & Psychological Stress (Christianity in Valentin de Boulogne)

More than the secular genre scenes of Roman low life, the biblical paintings are almost all over the top at the big  Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio show still on view at the Met. A successor of Caravaggio and himself quite the … Continue reading

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Light & Dark Palette (Mark Rothko)

Isaac Luria would have liked these dark palette paintings by Mark Rothko now on view at Pace.  Against psychological interpretations of art, the point is to argue that there is no direct identity between an artist’s mental state and what … Continue reading

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Abstract Affect (Agnes Martin)

Agnes Martin’s work is an important chapter in “the spiritual in art” in modern western visual art. The fabulous retrospective on her is now on view at the Guggenheim. The first works were biomorphic, but she’s better know for her mature … Continue reading

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(Executioners) Martyrdom of St. Sebastian (Cecco del Caravaggio)

It might have been a a mistake to hide the martyr’s face behind the shadow of his right arm. But clearly, the attention in this painting attention goes, not  to St. Sebastian,  but to his executioners, and to the combined … Continue reading

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