“As a collector of [Johann Christian] Reinhart’s work, I am aware how he is seen as a transitional figure between the light of the Enlightenment and the dark of Romanticism,” Richard Tuttle writes in the Reinhart exhibition catalogue essay he wrote for the show (discussed yesterday here) at Pocket Utopia.
2012. Drawing element: metallic acrylic paint and graphite on acid free
sculptural element: bass wood, nylon stocking, paverpol and paverplast
paint, 58-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches, overall
drawing element: 9 x 6 inches; sculptural element: 3-1/4 x 1-3/4 x 4 inches.
have proven that, through his concerns, he should be. Like theirs, his
work can be viewed as just pretty pictures, though he established that a
pretty picture can also be used symbolically–a position no self-respecting Romantic ever completely abandoned as another way of seeing
their art. In Reinhart’s case (as in all cases, really) the prettiness
of the picture floats on the fashions of the times, while it’s symbolic
value is eternal.
Part I: Curated by Richard Tuttle?? Yes.
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