• San Francisco

    The Ray Parker paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Art look like history. They are “then” not “now.” Marcel Duchamp was right when he said the life span of a painting is twenty-five years; after that it becomes something else, an item for history. Duchamp was right but the span is shortening. For many this is a painful remark, too painful for most to consider and many to digest.

    Parker’s position is particularly relevant in this case. As little as seven years ago Parker’s work appeared like a shot in the dark. His personal commitment to a single idea, i.e., the brushy rendering of large

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