Thursday, July 11, 2013

Networks: Philip Taaffe Pattern Paintings

From yee Wiki:

An admirer of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs and of Synthetic Cubism, from the mid-1980s Philip Taaffe (b. 1955) began to borrow images and designs directly from more recent artists.

In We Are Not Afraid (1985), he develops Barnett Newman’s zip motif into a spiral; the title is a reply to Newman’s series of paintings Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue (1966–70). In Defiance (1986), he reinterprets work by Op Artist Bridget Riley.

Taaffe's first solo exhibition was in New York in 1982. He has since been included in exhibitions at Carnegie International, two Sydney Bienniales, and three Whitney Bienniales. His work is held in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Taaffe's work often blends motifs from multiple cultures.

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