• Manny Farber

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | Downtown

    Manny Farber’s paintings are often written about in the context of his seminal film criticism, as if the significance and iconoclasm of his output in one medium is necessarily related to his equally inimitable production in another. But familiarity with his essays, which were published from the ’40s to the mid-’70s (a collection of the writing was reissued in 1998), is not required to get caught up in Farber’s art. The fact is, before the writing or the painting came the looking, and Farber looks and sees like nobody else. This is amply clear in “About Face,” a career overview of the

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