At The Silo Raphael Rubinstein writes about Shirley Jaffe’s paintings. “While so many contemporary works of art seem to develop through closing
off choices or sticking to a initial plan, Jaffe proceeds by keeping
every option open until the last possible moment. And even once the
painting is finished, a sense of dizzying complexity and joyous
invention sustain this openness. For me, I usually know a painting is
worth looking at when I feel an intense curiosity about every decision
that has gone into its making. That’s how I feel in front of Jaffe’s
work: tantalized by countless questions, patiently waiting for the
painting to “answer” them, even as new curiosity-inducing relationships
keep surging up, prolonging to apparent infinity this perfect fusion of
thinking and looking.”
Postwar occupation: American painters in Paris
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