Boing boing has an interesting post on painting. Not sure if I like the work, but I like the sentiment.
“This painting has been a particularly strange beast, fighting me every step of the way, and revealing itself in unexpected ways. It is now almost completely different in composition that the day I started to apply paint to canvas, one of the major surprises being the most recent step.”
*NYT has some coverage of the armory show
*Xinhua reports on ladies practicing smiling for the Olympics
**Sotheby’s new Chinese art auction catalogue is online
And for some reason been thinking about this painting, ‘the Orientalist’ a lot lately.
‘The ‘ belongs to Kitaj’s , including ‘The Jew’ and ‘The Greek’ that relate to the theme of the expatriate. Kitaj is himself an expatriate. He was born in Ohio and has spent most of his life living between America and Britain, caught between two cultures. His stepfather, a Viennese research chemist, was a refugee from Nazi Europe. ‘The Orientalist’ was an invention, but for Kitaj he represents a real character, evoking the expatriate’s sense of displacement. The artist has written: ‘Some people live out their lives in places they don’t come from, assigning themselves to a strange race of men and an alien sense of land and city… The real subject here is un-at-homeness’.