I love this strip. This time it’s making me think of elements of the development of modern art.
Picasso dissected two dimensional pretension to represent three dimensions. He slapped all the dissected parts on canvas so that we could see profile and full face and the back of the head all at the same time. Take that, representational art! Your attempt to depict three dimensions is a pathetic fraud!
Once the battle lines were drawn, the next century continued to separate out the elements of representation. Only action matters = Jackson Pollock. Only primary colors are worth our attention = Ellsworth Kelly. I admit that my works are works, so I glue my brush and pallet to the canvas = Jasper Johns. Only the idea counts, so I describe the art on a 3 × 5 card and put THAT on the gallery wall = Yoko Ono.
I choke and can’t even talk about Mark Rothko’s sublime black canvases that dispense with almost everything except texture and a slight gesture toward color. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has one in her office.
These = the context that cradles today’s beautiful episode of Nancy.
September 24, 2018