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The Glory of Defeat in Abstract Expressionism

Modern painting reached its highest point with Jackson Pollock. Maybe Marc Rothko if you would prefer. Anyway, the American Abstract Expressionist Painters of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s brought the modernist project to its logical conclusion.


What was that project? And what was the motivation for it? Well there are generally two answers. The first is found in the writings of Clement Greenberg. He argued that each art form should work within the essential vales of its…


Added by Philip McMullen on December 14, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

POPism. The postscript.

As postscripts go it isn't long; it comes in at just one and a half pages.


It tells of Andrea Feldman who left notes saying she was “heading for the Big Time”. To do this she jumped out of a fourteenth floor window clutching a Bible and a crucifix. Andrea was just one of the kids that Andy says were so special to him and his circle of friends. Her suicide is described just after Edie Sedgwick’s death, which was put down to ‘acute barbital intoxication’.




Added by Philip McMullen on December 11, 2015 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments


Propitiation by blood. Not a popular doctrine even among Christians. Jesus' cross as a bloody sacrifice to turn away from us the wrath of the Father. He took it unto himself upon the tree, cursed in our place. This work does the event no justice. Yet silence is no answer. Praise Him.…


Added by Philip McMullen on February 25, 2015 at 3:30am — 3 Comments


This image came about through pondering the Katyn massacre. Stalin's order of March 1940 to execute by shooting some 25,700 Poles, including those found at the three sites, was also disclosed with the collapse of Soviet Power. This particular second world war slaughter of Poles is often referred to as the "Katyn…


Added by Philip McMullen on November 4, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

Andy Warhol. Screen Test 3. Edie Sedgwick.

Some were famous (think Bob Dylan) and some anonymous. They sat for Andy Warhol who completed around 500 silent screen tests. They were not screen tests in the conventional sense. Maybe more of a test for the person and the prospective viewer.

“They were all asked to pose to be captured by Warhol’s stationary 16mm Bolex movie camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film. Each screen test was exactly the same length, lasting…


Added by Philip McMullen on October 27, 2014 at 12:32pm — No Comments

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