PRINT September 1978

Jake Berthot’s Recent Work

IN 1975 JACK TWORKOV was expounding the notion of a painted screenplay. The painter was meant to outline a series of operations analogous to the outline of shots that comprises a screenplay; then he would paint within the confines of this preestablished “text.” This is a technique for structuring the immanent or taming the aleatoric, and Tworkov’s painting was a clear example of the method, but he also considered that Jake Berthot’s painting of that time participated in this mode.

So I was not surprised to find Berthot included in a show that summer at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum entitled “Fundamental Painting.” The theme of the show was work that focused on a limited aspect of painting and stressed an iconography of self-referentiality. This vaguely defined, potentially all-inclusive, theme (which is more or less close to the received definition of modernism) was used to band together

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