New York

Imants Tillers

Bess Cutler Gallery

The notion that esthetics follow geography has always lodged uneasily in the critical mind, but it finds its latest expression in recent Australian art. As the proverbial “Down Under,” Australia suffers from its physical isolation; it is discussed—and vocally discusses itself—in terms of its distance, and thus detachment, from Western culture. However, by a near reversal, this situation is being altered, as much Australian art, and many Australian artists, are now appearing in America and Europe.

Central among them is Imants Tillers, whose paintings are textbook illustrations of Walter Benjamin’s signal comments on reproduction. Images known to Tillers from reproductions swarm throughout his canvases, testifying to an esthetic indoctrination possible only through the medium of print. Appropriations from David Salle, Sigmar Polke, Giorgio de Chirico, Edvard Munch, and Pierre Bonnard, to list

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