my 2 cents. miro is a european surrealist painter. he mostly fits into a 1st 1/4 20c european evolution of modernism. cubiism>>dada>>surrealism / rauschnberg is coming into the tail end of american abstract painting that was peak exploding with the greatness of pollack and all the others like rothko while he was in school. what to do with all that energy around? compete with it agressivly. there were notions of (post wwII) pop in the air germinating too. bring some of those americana pop objects to the painting. keep upping the dynamics ante for expressionist abstract painting. rauschenberg was my first big influence but i saw his weakness (too many elements to the collage) so i went to warhol for a more refined appropriation approach . warhol quit the dynamic expressionism painting contest and brought back thinness of surface and allowed more idea to manifest conversely. rauschemberg is still stradeling expressionism and pop. andy and everyone else moved on. way too nut shell. sorry. ask alex or tom.
- bill 2-14-2007 3:46 am

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