i want to like his work but i dont. illustrations of "race issues". the only interesting thing for me IS that there are race issues in the work. i hate the way it looks.
this shit sucks,garbage left over from "pop"just plain wack.
http://www.richardhellergallery.com/dynamic/artwork_display.asp?ArtworkID=691It doesn't suck.
yay Lamar! Don't let the stupid people get in your way.
yeah, i like lamar's drawings. his imagination is really out there. i also like his paper bag puppets.
I like hating the look of it-
Painter.I had a groove going but you ruined it.
They read nice as thumbnails (richard heller gallery site), but then 'click' and.....ouch,ouch,ouch!
I really like the previous post better! Less is more.
where is the image for the previous post? it is gone.
oh, i see. it is a joke? i am very dumb.
No w.w. you are earnest and good--stay that way.
ww I didn't know I posted a blank post and then people started making comments in it.
These have a nice touch in person.The collages are great- very interesting.Somewhat D. Humphrey-esque in vision.Very creative.Too bad his new dealer's a putz (I had to say SOMETHING negative, I'm grumpy old man...)
there's a wonderfully demented quality in his work, a hyper-cheerful facade masking underlying tensions - don't think this can be lumped together with a lot of other pop work.
yeah, it's the demented quality! for me, the fact that they are so pop/coloring book makes them even more demented and weird. i think the look of them is really quite calculated and smart.
exactly - calculated in a good way - there'a good interview with him where he talks about painting with the bob ross tv shows as a kid! http://www.petitemort.org/issue02/16/
this is some trippy shit. I have to sit down and think about this, man. this dude's a freak!
kinda reminds me of the painting version of jake and dinos chapman's -"Fuck Faces". and this brings up a larger issue about what having creepy clowns, or rainbow mummies and black children in a painting is an attempt at. For me it flips a giant middle finger at the race politics of the 1970's - remember Marlo Thomas and friends "Free To Be You and Me"? Or Jessie jackson's Rainbow Coalition. It seems like this guy thinks the aesthetics of those politics (integration, affirmative action, multiculturalism) can all go fuck themselves.Other thoughts appreciated.
ummm, hello -'free to be you and me' rocks....I dont know where I'd be if I didnt know that william wants a doll and that thats just fine or that its alright to cry....
I have seen this work in person at studio museum in harlem and it's really ugly. he doesn't draw or paint very well, the colors are garish and hideous and i agree with the person who said the only interesting thing is, possibly, the subject matter. but that subject matter has been done to death, so why bother if it looks awful and is derivative and redundant conceptually?
no disrespect was meant to free to be you and me in my last post. "i like what i look like and you're nice small, we don;t have to change at all"
but wouldn't you rather have more black artists in the art world?
i'd just rather there be less crap, produced by anyone. are you seriously saying that people should be less critical of black artists because the art world needs them to balance the scales? that seems like a pretty retrograde stance
Is that Curly, from the Harlem Globetrotter cartoon, riding in the wagon?If so, I love this painting.
it's like an animation cell from fat albert and the cosby kids + the wizard of oz, with acid.is that girl stepping on the boy's foot? does she have her hand in the back of his head, like he is a ventriloquist's dummy? is he offering that flower to the viewer?this is a very weird painting.
I used to work on elementary school textbooks, and this looks like a freaked-out version of the p.c. illustrations therein. But it's not enough to make me like them; they're not weird or evocative enough, visually speaking. In person they're very bland feeling, ironically.
ouch, you people are mean.Mandyx
Shut the hell up, Mandy!You suck!Give me 50 push-ups!
He had a show recently at Fredericks and Freiser, and you can see more images on their web site, i find I like the images there much more than the image here that everyone is raging on. So he doesn't try to rehash AbEx in his paintings or tip his hat to the old masters, big deal, I thought art was about having a distinct vision and taking chances, which it seems to me he is doing. here here...
let there be more white people dripping drips. hail to the chief. USA USA USA...yadda yadda. seems like too many people like their paintings like their neighborhoods- white and familiar. racism rears itself through 'anonymous' heads.
get over yourself, fellow annon.Or at least actually point out where racism has reared it's ugly head.just cuz someone doesn't like it, they are good little racist patriots? Dolt.
I liked the one or two of these I have seen in person.
I like lamar. His work is good. I would love one on my wall. I don't care what they look like. They bring on a smile and then a thought, a thought that carries on. If that is what he is aiming for he is right on. I would like to see something a little weird, something unexpected, but maybe that is just what I am getting as I start to second guess my own analysis again and again and again.-Thomas
This guy is light years ahead of Kehinde Wiley
wow..we own this piece..love the comments..good and bad..espcially the bad..reaffirms out purchase!!
yeah, why even compare this with wiley? the adaquate near-"bad painting" and smearing of nasty acrylic paint over nice paper has more in common with those awful ptgs. of st. sebastian, etc. at 1-20 a few months ago... though the major difference is that while those are mostly meaningless (subject problems), peterson does a good job of matching technique and subject. the prupose of this show really stayed with me, though one point of worry is that no individual image stayed with me...
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