Comments on: Robert Longo at Metro Pictures http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: robie http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-523700 Mon, 05 May 2014 02:29:52 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-523700 It more art as spectical.

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By: Paul Corio http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-501716 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:21:29 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-501716 Robin:

I’m nor seeing such a wave of sculpture, although there are some good sculptors around – I like Jim Osman, John Powers, and Richard Bottwin, all worth a Google search. I think one reason that sculpture is not burgeoning is that studio space is at a crisis point in New York. It’s getting more scarce and expensive all the time – and forget about storage. Sometimes the practical concerns can really get in the way.

John:

Thanks for the pat on the shoulder – I knew this piece was going to polarize opinion here, so I was ready to take a few lumps.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-501303 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:14:30 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-501303 Is it all painting, or is there sculpture in the mix too?

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By: John Link http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-500840 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:23:19 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-500840 Paul: It is certainly possible to experience a fraud aesthetically. Duchamp proved that. Likewise for those who buy fakes. So it goes with you. As a writer about art, your first obligation is to report your experience honestly. You have done that and I admire you for it. You are brave to let it all hang out the way you have.

I would like to think the Longo show is a sign the art world is suddenly missing visual pleasure, but I don’t think so.

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By: Paul Corio http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-500064 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:42:44 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-500064 True, Longo isn’t exactly part of abstraction’s renewal – but the fact that he chose those pictures, to me, is a strong sign of the sea-change. He’s savvy if nothing else. It’s a sea change that everyone in NYC has noticed and are talking about.

As I indicated in my piece, I also think it’s worth noting that there are other appropriation-style shows hanging right now: one is at Pace (abysmal), plus the recently opened Sherrie Levine at Cooper (dry, academic, dated). The distinction in quality between the Gang of Cosmos and those shows is in large measure attributable to the enduring power of those pictures. That plus the care taken in their execution communicates reverence as opposed to mockery or simple academic critique.

But to go on to your other question (what are the defining characteristics of abstraction’s renewal in NYC?): It’s all so messy and recent that it’s a little tough to define, but in the broadest sense, I think there’s a lot of sifting happening. People are going through the canon and separating out what’s resonant and compelling from what was simply dogmatic (purity, non-referentiality, and the like). The visual aspects are winning out over the theoretical for sure. This means that you get a certain number of po-mo chimeras, but I’m also seeing some pretty compelling painting, even among the less developed work.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-498764 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:29:22 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-498764 …and, not to put too fine a point on it, aren’t you the one who is naively carring on from… well, 60′s Op Art(?) as if nothing had happened?

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-498749 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:23:45 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-498749 Great. Let’s hear more about the unprecedented renewal of abstraction in NYC. Is Longo part of that, or not? Surely not? So what is?

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By: Paul Corio http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-498696 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:58:52 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-498696 I’ve heard mixed reports on this – some say he made them top to bottom, others say otherwise. The jury’s still out on this.

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By: Paul Corio http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-498694 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:57:47 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-498694 But pretending that the last fifty years didn’t happen and that the Longo show doesn’t exist doesn’t really seem like a productive response either. Abstraction is in the midst of an unprecedented renewal (at least in NYC). It would be naive to think that we could just pick up from where color field left off and carry on as though nothing happened.

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By: Robin Greenwood http://abstractcritical.com/article/robert-longo-at-metro-pictures/#comment-498660 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:42:47 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8109#comment-498660 Isn’t Longo’s work another of Mark’s abstractions, all of which we have to be influenced by in our work which reflects modern life?

BTW, your bit in brackets is an own goal for your side.

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