This oil pastel drawing depicts the liquid contents of a bowl in mid-spill. A seated figure reacts helplessly as the scene unfolds. An overturned chair in the left-hand corner and the general explosion of color lend heightened energy to this frenzied scene. This piece is among the last works executed by Irving Marcus before his death this past March; it epitomizes the artist’s characteristic approach to high-keyed color and inventive compositions. According to art historian Francesca Wilmott, the artist has a "singular ability to hold formalism and postmodern irreverence in tension." His images are products of our media-saturated world—a world increasingly beleaguered by distortions between reality and fiction.
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In his figurative paintings and drawings, Irving Marcus often depicts subjects drawn directly from newspaper headlines—a practice he began in the early 1960s. He dramatically combines, flips and rearranges source images into rigorous formal compositions that are deeply incompatible with their origins. Marcus’ wildly delirious work combines formalism with irreverence in ecstatic and kaleidoscopic hues.
This oil pastel drawing, among the last works executed by the artist before his death, depicts the liquid contents of a bowl in mid-spill—a perfect example of the artist’s characteristic approach to high-keyed color and inventive compositions.More
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- Image size is 13.25 x 20.25 in.