Articles by Talking Pictures

Jasper Johns Talks to Me

April 16, 2019

Often in the last year upon awakening, but with my eyes still closed, I see myself sobbing. The death of a friend, white supremacists, climate change, I don’t even know. But more about that in a minute. I’m not getting critics who see painting [...]

Bad Kitty and the Magician, Concluded

April 9, 2019

Bad Kitty was in a fog and an avocado she was squeezing wiggled back— she almost dashed it away but thank goodness she looked down, fearing a mouse or a bat and there in her hand was a creature—a frog, an alarmed white frog. “Oh,” said Bad [...]

The Rescue Painting

April 1, 2019

Storage is a problem. The next day I got this email: To: Cathy Quinlan Subject: Re: leaves – Hey – I got busy there for a minute.  I can bring you these leaves probably tomorrow, and let’s see if a beer can happen too! The [...]

wet-witted machine

March 28, 2019

intelligent engine wet grinding machine, a grinder & paint… la Bayadère haha ( make me the welder i ain’t) theres’s always a lob-lobo trying to pick up spanish on the street … one hears two men talking  … “Bet [...]

Adam Simon and Object Constancy

March 28, 2019

After dropping my wife at the A train, it was too early for Harry’s* and I passed McDonalds, thinking about Simon’s show, the ultra-recognizability of the golden arches and stopping off for a sausage biscuit and how wrong that would be—my age! [...]

Dana Schutz and a World of Anxiety

February 26, 2019

After conversations with other painters about this show, the consensus seemed to be admiration for Schutz’s work as a whole, for the energy and ambition and the mad rush of it—and not so much about individual paintings, what they are about, [...]