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.













Large Sooty Nude

L'art brut, a.k.a. Art Brut = art in the raw
Art made by untrained people
Mentally ill, children, amateurs, graffiti artists

"The female body…has long…been associated with a very specious [false or phony] notion of beauty which I find miserable and most depressing. Surely I am for beauty, but not that one…I intend to sweep away everything we have been taught to consider-without question- as grace and beauty [and to] substitute another and vaster beauty, touching all objects and beings, not excluding the most despised." - Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet, Large Sooty Nude, 1944.











La Metafisyx
Jean Dubuffet, La Metafisyx, 1950.
Jean Dubuffet, Childbirth, 1944.











Sacco 5P

Alberto Burri, Sacco H8, 1953.

Alberto Burri, Sacco 5P, 1953.










Concetto Spaziale

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1959 - 1960.










Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale (Waiting), 1960.












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.










Competing Sensibilities in postwar American art:
America vs. Europe
Gestural abstraction vs. Purified Abstraction
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.











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

Erased De Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg, Erased De Kooning, 1953.