On Action Painting

Rosenberg’s contribution revolves around his assertions about Abstract Expressionism as a breakthrough in the history of painting: it was no longer painting pictures, instead the surface became a field for recording an event. It is the event or the ‘action’ of the expressionistic capacities of the painter themselves involved with a direct use of materials.Continue reading “On Action Painting”

Suspension

We moisten a work of art with meaning like an authoritarian religion: baptizing by force. The work becomes an object of language, of speech about the work. It pushes the work into the discourse system of the subject’s utterances. It is pressed to give significations. It must fabricate a whole set of signs, symbols, syllogisms,Continue reading “Suspension”