Sol LeWitt

What more can I say about the democratizing effect of non-mimetic modalities on the arts that would do justice to the rise of a night shift guard at MOMA to the rightful prominence Sol occupies as a conceptual artist*? Just read.

*Right- one should also note that, even though he abandoned the idea of a master narrative in art that preferenced painting, he didn’t abandon the notion that geometric forms are uniquely human.


Albert Oehlen

Albert has a new show up at Serpentine that’s an interpretation of the Rothko Chapel. The gallery says “Albert understand the strategies of surrealism as a kind of toolbox.” Though not strictly abstraction, I think of the automatism of the surrealists as a necessary precursor to fully non-objective painting (e.g., without Gorky, there is no Lee Krasner)