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Original Sin - The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE's review
Jan 27, 2008
Recommended for: students of the human condition
For those people who love the painting of Heironymous Bosch, Coleman's work is not to be missed. He paints w/ single-hair brushes w/ a magnifying viewer over his eyes. This might as well be a description of the way he views the world at large. Many of his paintings are portraits of historical figures whose lives inspire him. Their centered portrait is surrounded by a border of details from their lives. The subjects he chooses are usually desperately unhappy & violently driven - killers such as Carl Panzram, anti-slavery militant John Brown, 'outsider artist' Adolph Wöllfli, etc.. Every painting is created to make the world SEE these people. At a technical level alone, Coleman ranks as a 'master' & shd be appreciated by everyone as such - regardless of whether they find his subject-matter disturbing.
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