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Colorado Impression 16d, oil on canvas by Dan Hays’

“In painting, Robert Rauschenburg and Andy Warhol use screen-printing to reproduce low quality images from the popular media, accentuating the noise generated through the photomechanical process. Gerhard Richter salvages found photographs and through blurring incorporates them into the language of painting, promoting their atmospheric potentialities. The painters Robert Ryman and Christopher Wool exemplify the tradition of making something out of almost nothing: the generative powers of deterioration. It’s a kind of visual or aural composting, extending back to Kurt Schwitters and Charles Ives, and ultimately the allegories for the transience of existence of Dutch Vanitas painting.”…more