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  • Greg Weaver

    Eric Makler Gallery

    As a genre, “bad painting” received its first institutional validation when, in 1978, Marcia Tucker defined and installed it at The New Museum. That it remains pretty much a late ’70s footnote has as much to do with its ironic appellation as its punch-drunk parameters. Bad painting is, according to Tucker, “figurative work that defies, either deliberately or by virtue of disinterest, the classic canons of good taste, draftsmanship, acceptable source material, rendering, or illusionistic representation.” It sprang from a roughed-up Pop tradition and the giddy heritage of Expressionist painting.

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