By Edward Lucie-Smith

A critic and historian of paintings who's deeply immersed within the works and tendencies of the seventies right here offers the 1st basic survey of the last decade. In a quantity alive with visible photos which are frequently mind-blowing and occasionally worrying, he analyzes the advance either one of previous varieties and of latest ones, and gives a coherent framework for the overall reader.

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But this replication is not exact - the object is shown on a giant scale, and Schapiro's fans, like the giant hamburgers Claes Oldenburg made in the 60s, do not raise the question of illusion unless one sees them reproduced. 47 Abstract Painting does, Illusion some of the however, play an important part abstract art of the 70s, so much in so that the term Abstract Illusionism has been coined to describe another group of American artists who are developing the heritage of Abstract Expressionism in a new and unexpected way.

Be found in some of the work produced in the mid-70s by the American painter Alan Shields. One of the things which made this stand out at the time was a kind of sweetness, a luxurious hedonism, which seemed doubly shocking in the austere context provided by Minimal Art, then still at the height of its influence. Shields, however, is still interested in maintaining the unity of surface and ground, in the manner originally prescribed by the theorists of Post-Painterly Abstraction. Pattern painters, on the other hand, stress the interest of the surface itself.

Davies's most eighteenth-century Messerschmidt. In fact, human figure, someby using casting processes akin to those employed by de Andrea and Hanson, without necessarily wanting to give the illusion that these are personages whom one might meet in the everyday world. Davies's figures sometimes wear strange masks or headdresses (the artist calls them 'devices'), and carry props, such as a branch or a pair of buckets, which seem to suggest no rational explanation. Their clothes and complexions are given a grayish, bluish cast, an unnatural uniformity of hue.

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