New Dumb Little Painting Timeline
"'Bad' Painting" at the New Museum: Neil Jenney, Joan Brown, etc.
George Condo (right, a painting from 2002), Martin Kippenberger
John Currin (Moved Over Lady, as opposed to the "hanging out in the Met a lot" stuff he's doing now)
|Mid to Late 1990s|
Laura Owens (don't really like her work, but many curators seem to; also, it isn't little, but it is dumb, I guess), Karen Kilimnick (should have been at MOMA with Currin and Tuymans instead of you-know-who)
Dana Schutz (also not little, and it's debatable how dumb it is), Brian Calvin (left), Ezra Johnson, Emily Miranda, Holly Coulis, Jeffrey Lutonsky
Dana Shutz makes very complex images that are--in one glance--dumb, but the bits--the Goya, and symbolist imagery, brought into focus within the tragic, the register of a 21 century bite--are deeper than an 'intent-for-all-purpose' expression of dumb--they register the profound.
However, the images remain in the byte of a picture image, thus remain, picture, canvas, and tradition--and there is nothing dumb in that--nor adventuresome.
They are paintings--that ultimately, even though pushing rigorously all the above buttons--do not ask, or are not intended to question, and, in this way, despite all the visual intelligence Shutz' images assure that we the witness on the outside--bearing a husk holding a glory of a bygone.