Friday, January 25, 2008

Erykah, My Love

Eryka's new incredibly addictive single, "Honey", out now.
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Barnett Newman's Mind-Blowing Restraint

Yve-Alain Boise on Barnett Newman in ArtForum:
"Throughout his life, Newman destroyed much of what he made: A work had to wholly satisfy him or it was banished, especially after he had completed what he often called his "first" painting, Onement I, 1948. This was how he managed to withstand the harsh treatment he received. He had to be confident in his own greatness; his confidence was his armor. When he finally received a measure of the attention he deserved, he was often urged by supporters to produce more work. He politely responded that he did not care for redundancies. Though Newman's oeuvre looms large, it is quantitatively minute: At last count I tallied 122 paintings, 88 drawings, 41 prints, 6 sculptures, 1 multiple (silk screen on Plexiglas), and 1 architectural model. That's all. In the current context of market-driven overproduction, one can only admire such restraint."