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The accumulated weight of experience

Richard Rhodes on the new abstraction: “Painting has regained its relevancesocially and professionally. It has re-established a life for images beyond photography and the mass media. It stands as an alternative to conceptualist artmaking. Once buried by art theory, it has returned to reconnect with centuries of art and to anchor contemporary art to its accumulated weight of experience. From Tuymanss Documenta pictures onward, it has carried an unspoken mandate: to confront both who we are and where we come from.” From Canadian Art, Spring 2007

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