Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rivane Neuenschwander

2004. Synthetic polymer paint and ink on printed paper
When Richard Prince removed the text to smoke ads in magazines and then presented the images as a new image, Prince was being iconoclastic. When Warhol and Lichtenstein used comic books as subject matter, they were breaking from the abstract school. Now combined the three artists' achievement and you might get something like Rivane Neuenschwander paintings. There is a strong tongue in cheek nod to minimalism. I like that Neuenshwander is giving the bare essentials to referencing comic books. Like abstract art, Neuenschwander is allowing the viewer to make up their own stories with little prompting.

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