-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 […]

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 […]

“Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on “Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

– Joan Bowlen Walk into a Dollar Tree or souvenir shop and look around at the multitude of plastic cookware, cheap costume jewelry, generic sweatshirts, and the rack upon rack of universal postcards and posters.  These are objects which, if asked for a first reaction, most people would not say that these objects are beautiful, […]

Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

September 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

– Peter Zimmerman Sherrie Levine’s photography of the late 1970s/early 1980s focuses on the cultural impact of authenticity, the esteem placed on the unique nature of authorship and the technical mode of production implicit in the photographic medium. However, within these larger and more broad discussions are slightly more nuanced attacks on the status quo […]