Friday, November 18, 2016

Rick Valicenti: Patriot Table—from the exhibition “(maybe) THIS TIME”

Rick Valicenti: Patriot Table made in collaboration with Jonathan Nesci.
nothing normative—in post-election Patriot Table becomes even more poignant.
From the exhibition: (maybe) THIS TIME
Loyola University Artist-in-Residence, 2016–17 Ralph Arnold Gallery
Exhibition ends 26 November 2016

The following text taken from Thirst/3st:

“Red, White, Blue and Dangerous—this life-threatening side table is the ideal accent in any flag waving, All-American decor.”

There’s no question this piece can stand on its own—the red, white, and blue pork pie drum/table supported by javelin legs, which includes the stereoscopic reflection of the mirror on which this piece stands. Time will tell if hell is on the way—meanwhile Valicenti’s piece offers help by contrasting irony (sans cynicism) with an artifact of exquisite design and craft.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Arthur C. Danto: the writer as printmaker

Arthur C. Danto (1924-2013), “Child Carrying Flowers”, woodcut, 1955
From the collection of David and Janis Versluis

In 2005, because of this print, I began a very fine e-mail correspondence with Danto. Arthur Danto is best known as a prolific writer, Columbia University philosophy professor, and long-time art critic for “The Nation”. Danto writes: “That [this] print was of my daughter Lizzie.” In the 50s and early 60s Danto was a very serious artist/printmaker.

Wayne State University has the most extensive collection of Arthur C. Danto prints. 

Printed on mulberry (rice) paper and with full margins. Containing slight mat burning around the edges the image. Signed, dated, title and numbered, “5/20”, by the artist in pencil along the lower margin. Re-matted with 100% archival materials.

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