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Barbara Bloom

Barbara Bloom-Ghost Writer-still life-1994

Barbara Bloom, ‘Ghost of Vanitas Still Life’ (1994)

BB had a deep affinity for Dutch “Golden Age” painting, a result perhaps of her many years in Amsterdam, but more pertinently of a shared love of the material world. These were painters fascinated by framing: not only in the form of coy devices like the pulled-back drape at the edge of the canvas, but in the literal depiction of framed pictures within their pictures. (We know the artists whose paintings Vermeer owned because he showed them so often in his own paintings.) In David Bailly’s picture, things and pictures are arrayed across the surface of his canvas. Whatever his allegorical intentions, Bailly’s concern with the observable world, in all its idiosyncratic particulars, has trumped conventional narrative. BB’s peekaboo mounting only exacerbates Bailly’s pre-occupation with distracting surfaces and the limpid connections of thoughts and things.

Robert Watts

Robert Watts, “Table with Two Wine Glasses” (1965)

Robert Watts, ‘Table with Two Wine Glasses’ (1965)

William Michael Harnett


William Michael Harnett, ‘The artist’s letter rack’ (1879)

John Baldessari

John Baldessari

“Tips for Artists Who Want to Sell” (1966-1968) by John Baldessari.

Damien Hirst

damienhirst-11 Sausages  1993  Acrylic, silicone, monofilament, stainless steel, sausages and formaldehyde solution

’11 sausages’ (1993) by Damien Hirst

Daniel Eatock

‘Watermelon & swimming cap’ (2011) by Daniel Eatock

Alex Turgeon

Alex Turgeon, ‘Pool of fruit’ (2011)

Jimmie Durham

‘Still life and Xitle’ (2007) by Jimmie Durham