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Representational Painting and Punk

David Johansen, Dee Dee Ramone and Alan Vega in the Foreground at Max's Kansas City, 1974 Courtesy of the artist and Steven Kasher Gallery

Painting may never have died completely but there was a moment, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when its dominant conventions felt hopelessly inadequate.  Abstract Expressionism, with its emphasis on autonomy and the sublime, held little interest for a radicalized avant-garde; conceptual art, which could more easily incorporate music and performance, seemed like a better way to respond to new political currents and the counterculture.  Moreover, for many intellectuals … Continue reading »

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