Prowling in the Wilderness

"...colleges being nothing but grooming schools for the middle class non-identity which usually finds its perfect expression on the outskirts of the campus in rows of well-to-do houses with lawns and television sets is each living room with everybody looking at the same thing and thinking the same thing at the same time while the Japhies of the world go prowling in the wilderness..." - Jack Kerouac in The Dharma Bums
Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, 1953.













Francis Bacon in his studio

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1969.
Bacon in his studio
Purchased at auction by Damien Hirst
in 2007 for $33,081,000












Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Portrait of George Dyer on Light Ground, 1964.











Francis Bacon, Triptych, 1973.











Bacon's recurrent imagery:


Tubular framed furniture
Flayed beef - hanging as though crucified
Open mouthed figure with monstrous teeth
Umbrella obscuring the figure's eyes
Francis Bacon, Painting, 1946.











Bacon's Furniture
Bacon Self Portrait
Furniture and rugs designed by Bacon and Self-portrait, 1973.











Study After Velazquez
Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef
Francis Bacon, Study After Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953.
Francis Bacon, Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef, 1954.











Pope Innocent X
Battleship Potemkin

Diego Velazquez, Pope Innocent X, 1650.

Sergei Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin, 1925.











Hudson River Landscape
Looking North
David Smith, Hudson River Landscape, 1951.
Dorothy Dehner, Looking North, 1964.










Competing Sensibilities in postwar American art:
America vs. Europe
Gestural abstraction vs. Purified Abstraction
Objecthood vs. Flatness of the Picture Plane
Figuration vs. Abstraction
Performance vs. Objecthood
Masculinity vs. Homosexuality
Artist, Allan Kaprow saw Pollock as opening up two avenues within postwar art. One involved continuing in a modernist vein. The other offered a radical option to artists; "to give up the making of paintings entirely... Pollock left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life." - Allan Kaprow, The Legacy of Jackson Pollock, 1958
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1955.











Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (glossy black four-panel painting), c. 1951.











Influenced by John Cage's idea that art should "unfocus" the spectator's mind

Erased De Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg, Erased De Kooning, 1953.











Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955.











Robert Rauschenberg, Bob and Cy in Venice, 1952.











Leda and the Swan
Robert Rauschenberg, Bed, 1955.
Cy Twombly, Leda and the Swan, 1962.