Monday, March 18, 2013


"I’m skeptical of the current fad for (easily salable) nostalgic dibbity-dab abstract paintings" - Andrew Russeth

"Since the economy tanked, we have become so accustomed to seeing so many artists churn out insipid, derivative drivel that we cannot imagine things any other way. The lemming abstractionist movement (also commonly referred to as the Martha Stewart School of Provisional Painting) still seems to have inexplicable hegemony over most of the art world." - Irena Jurek

"There is an overabundance of nostalgic abstract painting in the world today. Many of these works are shown and garnering attention in Manhattan's Lower East Side, in close proximity to the gallery that shows Liz's work. The system of art is lubricated for nostalgia: The dealer can easily talk about these paintings because they look like older art, the collector "gets it" because it is something that he or she has seen before, the artist feels comfortable since it gives him or her a relationship to "history", and comparing contemporary art is a trusty crutch taught in MFA programs. The job of the artist is to question - not to be boringly complicit with - all of these structures." - Carter Mull


vc said...

is this a backlash or a frolash?
There's always been shitty painting. Lets name names.
Anything you don't like, anything I don't like, is lemming/nostalgic/complacent.
Anything can sell.

Amy Feldman, Varda Caivano, Jered Sprecher - good

Katy Moran, Allison Fox, Andrew Masullo - meh

Raoul de Keyser lost something when he realized he was Raoul de Keyser.

more to say, no time

Anonymous said...

Carter, I think your statement might need a little more "tooth"?