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Anne Umland

The Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Curator of Painting and Sculpture The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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"Soul mate"

Posted on 22 Dec

I enjoyed reading Zhang Xiaogang's essay about his development as an artist. It was interesting to learn that the "humorous" Magritte stuck in his head, and to think about art experienced in reproduction vs. art experienced in the original. I found his description of the gap between art writing and art works, and between words and experience insightful, and was especially struck by his description, in 1992, of his first encounter with a Magritte painting "in the flesh." His surprise at how Magritte "reduced colors, shapes . . . [and] painting techniques to the least possible," thereby "surpassing traditional art," was revealing. It is nice to think that Zhang Xiaogang found a "soul mate" in Magritte, across time, cultures, and continents. I hope Magritte too would have smiled at the idea!

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I enjoyed reading Zhang Xiaogang's essay about his development as an artist. It was interesting to learn that the "humorous" Magritte stuck in his head, and to think about art experienced in reproduction vs. art experienced in the original. I...

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Picabia Bothers Me Too

Posted on 9 Oct

The name Picabia caught my eye -- I was delighted to have it lead me to this great encounter with Atul Dodiya and his work!

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The name Picabia caught my eye -- I was delighted to have it lead me to this great encounter with Atul Dodiya and his work!

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