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  •  Perhaps... (4.00)
    the PMA should have provided some background on the Trojan War Twombly works that would have allowed for some semblance of context to my untrained eye. But, as the exhibit stands, all I was seeing was canvases scribbled on with names of Trojan War figures.

    Don't get me wrong, I love abstraction in art, as most of my paintings, horrible as they may be, are of the abstract variety (I suck at realism). But these works just didn't do it for me.

    "Easter is when Jesus comes out of his tomb, and if he sees his shadow he goes back in and we get six more weeks of winter." - Tommy Smothers

    by the holy handgrenade on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 09:18:49 AM PST

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    •  An important piece of information (4.00)
      that you neglected to share earlier:  that you are a painter, sir!  

      I'm surprised that the PMA didn't include more context with the paintings--they're usually pretty good at the didactic stuff.  

      It's true that I concluded from your comment that you weren't into abstraction, and several of the comments by other posters that follow reinforced that idea.  I certainly don't believe that everyone should like abstract art, but so many people dismiss it out of hand precisely with arguments like "my child could do that."  The rendering may look simple, but often it is not.  

      So there's my two-pennies-with-Lincoln-portraits for ya!

      Gutta cavat lapidem

      by SneakySnu on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 10:00:12 AM PST

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      •  On your defence of Twombly... (4.00)
        I shall do so further online research into the meaning and composition of these works. Maybe, I will be able to better understand the artist's intentions in the works. Honestly, as someone whose artwork has been criticized as that of a drug addict (which was not the case), I probably should have been a little more open minded about the works.

        "Easter is when Jesus comes out of his tomb, and if he sees his shadow he goes back in and we get six more weeks of winter." - Tommy Smothers

        by the holy handgrenade on Mon Feb 21, 2005 at 10:57:19 AM PST

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