-Joan Bowlen The portrait has consistently been a source of political, social, and emotional power throughout art history.  The towering trompe d’oils that littered halls and council rooms of the social elite perpetuated a sense of the sitter’s wealth at being able to commission such a display of material wealth and the generational collection of […]

-Peter Zimmerman So much time is spent discussing the role of photography in Sherrie Levine’s early work from the later 1970s/early 1980s; however, her movement into sculpture raises much of the same questions, but pushes the arguments even further. In photographic works like the “After Walk Evans” series or the President/Fashion portraits, Levine simultaneously presents […]

Simulating the Death of Modernism

October 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Simulating the Death of Modernism

by Joan Bowlen “Be very sure that this man…has an aim loftier than that of a mere flánuer, an aim more general, something other than the figurative pleasure of circumstance.  He is looking for that quality that you must allow me to call ‘modernity’…He makes it his business to extract from fashion whatever element it […]

A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

October 5, 2008 | Comments Off on A Potential Third Dimension? Cindy Sherman In Between Modernism and Postmodernism

by Peter Zimmerman The following essay is based on a reading of a 1981 feature by Andy Grundberg on the work of Cindy Sherman: Cindy Sherman: A Playful and Political Post-Modernist By Andy Grundberg Published  November 22, 1981 Grundberg, in opening his article on Cindy Sherman, presents a broad look at the history of Modernist […]