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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Henry Geldzahler 4 October 2016



(Henry Geldzahler, top, 1982, bottom, 1984) 

Problem/solution
[Framed], hand over hands
Passed, sightlines
Inherent,
     -New York apartment,
     -School, show, grant, travel,
     -Seated at
     -Right elbow;
Continuity,
Divergence, open
Mind/matter
Pathfinder,
     -Cut out drawing book
     -Models to copy,
     -Replicate
     -Dissections;
Absolute Warhol,
Production silkscreens,
Reduction
To still lives,
     -Tried paper hats, art
     -School, ad. agency
     -Mailroom, ice
     -Cream parlor;
Rauschenberg combine,
Art/Life embedded,
Stella, sketch,
Shape, attack,
     -Left, arc, centered, two
     -Sets, parallel lines,
     -Caran d'ache,
     -Pentax, brush glued;
Segal, white figures,
Objects, encountered,
Kelly, hands
On color,
     -Black on white, coffee
     -Shop life, hands hold cups,
     -Clothes wrapped, pinned,
     -Faces speak;
Hockney, note taking
Observer, sketching
Foreign and
Domestic,
     -Chainsmoking student,
     -Artist's guest, sitting
     -In silence
     -As film made;
Academic skills,
California sights,
Included,
Excluded,
     -Toes testing, talk, dives
     -In, travel, lessons,
     -Breaking through
     -Splashed with ink;
Absorbed subverting
Spacial renderings,
Implicit
Perspectives,
     -Distracted: drawings
     -Gotham Gallery,
     -Prints grant, nights
     -Italian;
Scaling Parisian
Heights, retrospective,
Mount Fuji,
Movie flash,
     -Suds relaxed painter
     -Confronts canvas in
     -Pissoir claimed
     -Basement space;
Draw to find, pose's
Wrap turned inside out,
Slipped off, the
Lining plain,
     -Drawn toward likeness, an
     -Inching along crawl,
     -Accretion
     -Jigsaw fit;
Clemente, corpus
Out front, quotations
Subsumed, scrolls
Kept churning,
     -Dark smoking jacket,
     -Striped rugby shirt, eyes
     -Gazing at
     -Horizon;
Chia, same stand-in
Anti-hero reams,
Human scale,
In colors,
     -Painter, sitter float
     -Apart in two boats,
     -The distance
     -Increasing;
Baselitz, taking
Out content, meaning
By painting
Upside down,
     -Tradition freighted,
     -Title fronted, slumped,
     -Down-turned mouth,
     -Plastered hair;
Baselitz, without
Talent you invent,
Basquiat,
Tag same old,
     -Second cannonballs,
     -Glasses transparent
     -To eye's glint,
     -Soul revealed;
Basquiat, mixing
Black magic markers,
Drawings, lists,
Paint, anger,
     -Clouds rake light, tide rolls
     -Rhythmic, salt sprayed licks
     -Leaving sand
     -Curlicues.

4 October 2016


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