• Jonathan Lasker

    Rose Art Museum

    JONATHAN LASKER ONCE TOLD ME he thought the Minimalists had been trying to make an art without metaphor, and in fact had succeeded; but the point having been proved, he continued, there's no longer any urgent motivation to produce more metaphor-free work. But neither, I would add, is there any special reason to create metaphor-laden art—that is, unless the metaphors carry conviction. Lasker's paintings puzzle over precisely this question: what's credible in painting, for now, and why. Each element in his compositions is a stylized quotation or codification of a gesture or image that has

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