In the supermarket, the fruit of life is on sale, in the museum it has been sanctified by art. Do her paintings put us in the artificial paradise of commodity culture or the artificial paradise of art, as Baudelaire called it? Her technique is traditional, but perhaps more importantly her paintings are icons in all but name: her fruit is a sort of sacred figure permanently suspended in space--a groundless figure in space absolutized by being flattened into a black or white plane, and thus abstract and sublime, that is, immeasurable and as such suggestive of an otherworldly realm.
An earthly being suspended in transcendental space--it is a visionary device that recurs regularly in Old Master art, particularly in portraits meant to immortalize a figure without denying its vulnerability and mortality. Like the Spanish bodegones, her still lives are sacramental offerings of the first fruit of life, lovingly portrayed so that it will be memorable.
They range in size from 13 x 18 inches to 40 x 30 inches and their titles convey a romantic and tender sensibility: Kiss of the Butterfly, Ascending Angel, Whispering Dreams , and Ascension in Beatitude II, on the cover of the full-color page exhibition catalog. In speaking of his work, Mr.
Kuspit, who has written two books on Mr. Alkazzi and has been observing his oeuvre since the s, speaks of Jung.
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Alkazzi, who describes himself as a man of faith rather than of any particular religion. He first discovered a talent for drawing and painting as a child at boarding school in Beirut.
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Description Details Customer Reviews This anthology chronicles the distinctive voice of one of America's art critics throughout the last 25 years of the 20th century.