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January 5, 2014

Why Does Wayne Thiebaud Love Goop So Much?

“Canyon Mountains” (2011–12)

Whenever I think about those who assert that painting is dead, I am reminded of Wayne Thiebaud and other like-minded artists.
Their attachment to painting and the handmade may strike some as old-fashioned, unnecessary and obsolete. But then, one can also say that about love if one is so inclined. As the magnificent Italian sculptor and writer, Fausto Melotti, who also came to art rather late, stated: “Once he has found his language, the artist finds himself free of the drudgery of the avant-garde.” - - Hyperallergic

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"...free of the drudgery of the avant-garde.”

Boy, does that say everything.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 5, 2014 11:10 AM

...focus on the dance he establishes between paint’s materiality and states of excess.

Gah! Can't any of them college graduates write?

Posted by: chuck at January 5, 2014 11:25 AM

I'm into it for the pointer to the paintings.

Posted by: vanderleun at January 5, 2014 1:22 PM

Thiebaud leaves me cold. None of these modern frauds would have been permitted to wash Michaelangelo's brush.

Posted by: ahem at January 5, 2014 1:58 PM

Didn't Tom Wolfe run this bumf out of town 40 years ago with The Painted Word?

The "work" looks like the daubs of a fingerpainter; the tiresome and exhaustive exegesis needed to "explain" it all is filled with the garbled syntax of a world infected with cultural Marxism.

In a word, a snooze.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 5, 2014 3:27 PM

On the other hand,


A pretty girl who naked is is worth a million statues....

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 5, 2014 7:25 PM

The art of Drawing is dead, not painting. A chimp can put paint on a canvas.

Posted by: Alex at January 6, 2014 6:08 AM

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