Here’s a vibrant pulverization of Smith-song around the paintings of Beauford Delaney (1901-1979):
Robust impasto surfaces… startling colors… visionary buzz… new kind of painterly fabulousness… sturdy realism overloaded with color… something of an Egyptian immobility… crisis-crossing strokes [sic: Is “criss-crossing” intended?]… soft expanse of puddling blobs… pulverized in different color combinations.(Roberta Smith, “Beauford Delaney: Portraits Glowing With Inner Light,” NYTimes, 10-14-21)
Angela Flournoy’s comment about subject matter being a trap says something useful to me, I believe.
Subject matter can be a trap; wanting to focus on what an artwork represents at the expense of how it was created obscures what particular, idiosyncratic creative epiphanies brought the work into being.(Angela Flournoy, “Mickalene Thomas Is Reinventing Nudes,” NYTimes, 10-13-21)
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