Since he began painting in the early 1970s, Mark Tansey (b. 1949) has earned a reputation as a “painter- historian” who explores the outermost boundaries of reproduction and Postmodernism. In addition to his own detailed strokes, he juxtaposes images and words from magazines, books, and critical essays from multiple eras and movements to produce “pictorial rhetoric.” Like Richard Pettibone, Tansey surveys and reproduces his historical influences – Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Marcel Duchamp – and shrouds them in playful alterations for the viewer to uncover. Read more about the artist and Renoir (Luncheon of the Boating Party) (c. 1970-71), which will go up for auction on May 19th.
April 23, 2013