• Joseph Marioni

    Rose Art Museum

    Joseph Marioni is an American painter in his midfifties who makes monochrome paintings. Until now I have never been attracted to the monochrome, which inevitably has struck me, in the many instances of it I have come across over the years, as artistically inert, or to use the language of “Art and Objecthood,” as merely and depressingly literal. And in fact the monochrome fully emerged as a genre of artmaking in the wake of Minimalism, as a way of not severing the final tie with painting—of not quite moving “beyond” painting into the realm of objecthood as such—while nevertheless professing

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