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Tag: Paul Cézanne

Art Essays

The Steins Collect

Saturday, September 24th, 2011 International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

“There are two geniuses in art today,” Gertrude Stein told Picasso, “you in painting, and I in literature.” Whatever posterity has made of Gertrude Stein’s literary efforts, her self-confidence has rarely been surpassed. For the most part, her cryptic, repetitive prose style ensured that her books found few readers. The outstanding exception was The Autobiography […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Paths to Abstraction

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Cézanne’s lesson, according to Picasso, was not to be found in his beautifully painted apples, but in his anxiety. This is echoed in the words of the artist, Paul Signac, who reported that Matisse was “anxious, madly anxious”, in the year of 1905, when the Fauves made their cataclysmic debut at the Salon d’Automne. It […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Masterpieces from Paris

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald Column, Uncategorized,

Question time in Canberra: “Is Masterpieces from Paris the most important exhibition ever shown at the National Gallery of Australia, as NGA director, Ron Radford, has claimed?” Answer: No. This is a silly, opportunistic thing to say, as it is a show without an original thesis. Think back to the NGA’s Surrealism: Revolution by Night […]

Art Essays

Modern Painting in 15 Easy Pieces: The past 100 years

Friday, August 15th, 2003 General Art Essays, International Art,

All definitions of modern art are bound to end in failure, but that has not prevented artists and writers from making the attempt. In fact, one might see the entire twentieth century as an unbroken sequence of definitions and re-definitions, with each movement taking its cue from an earlier one, but striving to surpass and […]