Joseph Glasco: Painting Under Construction

Humanism is the result of the cultural animi, of an attitude that knows how to take care and preserve and admire the things of the world. As such, it has the task of arbitrating and mediating between the purely political and the purely fabricating activities, which are opposed to each other in many ways.

Hannah Arendt, Between Past and Future

IT IS SUPPOSED THAT MODERNIST painting is difficult to understand except in purely pictorial terms. Obviously, this poses less of a problem for the artist than it does for those who would have art address “specific audiences beyond a purely art world audience . . . ”1 When there is a problem here it seems to indicate a frustration with one’s own ability to penetrate style and abstract content, implying that a work of art is not necessarily what it seems as much as it is what it is interpreted to mean according to some hidden dialectic of appearance

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