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A photograph is, in fact, nothing more than a surface made up of blacks, whites and greys. This entirely abstract vision for me dovetails with what is pictured in the photo: a portrait, an anecdote. … It fluctuates, in my own work too, between abstraction and representation; between the object, the material and the representation, the reality behind it, the so-called Real Image.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast spotlights the work of Minor White.
On the first segment of the show, J, Paul Getty Museum curator Paul Martineau discusses "Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit," a retrospective on view through October 19. It’s the first White retrospective in 25 years, since a show that was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and that debuted at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Getty itself published the catalogue for Martineau’s exhibition and it’s terrific. It’s a must-own not just for the many rarely published White photographs, but for Martineau’s unusually strong essay. Amazon offers it for under $30.
White was one of the most important and influential American photographers of the mid-20th-century. Not only was he a teacher and a founder and editor of Aperture magazine, but White’s brand of metaphorical modernism was perfect for an era in which much of what individuals thought or felt could not be said for fear of repercussions from the state.
At top is White’s Vicinity of Rochester (1954). On this week’s program host Tyler Green and Martineau discuss how it was informed by Charles Sheeler’s photography. Examples of Sheeler’s work include two pictures shown here: Side of White Barn (1915) and Doylestown House, Stove, Horizontal (ca. 1916-17).
"Spanish artist Oscar Sancho Nin loves the color black for its magic and mystery, and because it reminds him of fellow countryman Goya’s black paintings, a major influence. Without black there would be no light which is one of the striking qualities of Oscar’s portraits, in which he brings together abstraction and the figurative"
Artists are these men and women who are capable as everyone to perceive the Reality, but they have an unusual capacity to express it.
Their perception of reality helps us enrich our own perception. That’s why they are maybe necessary.
There are artists along History that decorates our lives, as IKEA, with an enveloping art that leads us to the sweetest geographies of our existences.
There are another artists that open us a door to dark and unexplored territories, breaking the fears,
facing the unknown and showing some of its sides. They expand our freedom.
In this list of pioneer artists, lucid minds and breakers we could mention Goya, Picasso, Duchamp,
Baselitz, Kafka, Stravinsky, Diaghlev, Brecht or Gaudí, so to mention, not casually, some of them.
His only certainties are his doubts and his big capital, his authenticity.
Oscar shows us a work which is painfully honest, intuitive, intelligent and essential.
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