This is my most successful painting of 2016. Someday I’d like to see it on a large wall, perhaps in a installation. Aces!
(Wiki:) A Madonna (Italian: [maˈdɔnna]) is a representation of Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus. These images are central icons for both the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The word is from Italian ma donna, meaning “my lady”. The Madonna and Child type is very prevalent in Christian iconography, divided into many traditional subtypes especially in Eastern Orthodox iconography, often known after the location of a notable icon of the type, such as the Theotokos of Vladimir, Agiosoritissa, Blachernitissa, etc., or decriptive of the depicted posture, as in Hodegetria, Eleusa, etc.
The reason for the existence of the painting appears to be explained by the title “Abstract expressionist painting printed (in black and…” but this sentence itself isn’t all together clear on the painting referenced by the title. All we know is that the text announces the painting is printed in black and white, and is located on page 201.
A Duchamp readymade, a Picasso still life, a Jasper Johns flag, a Judd stack — these works were all but inaccessible in a small city in Minnesota. For Todd Van Buskirk the “originals” only ever existed as copies, poor reproductions in textbooks and magazines. Van Buskirk’s experience with visual art are with those traditional exhibition catalogues, those weighty tomes with four-color images of the works, newly commissioned scholarly essays, a list of lenders and all the other usual components. Book-sized exhibition catalogues in the West typically have a colour photograph of every item on display. There will be a short formal catalogue description of each item, and usually interpretative text often amounting to one or more pages. The creative process in traditional and digital painting is more or less the same but when the digital artist is done there is nothing to hang on a wall. The painting is on the hard disk of a computer.
The preview (on Lulu) shows the complete book.
“Still evident, however, was her mastery of craft. Moyer has a distinctive ability to combine visual snap (honed by years of working as a graphic designer) with an omnivorous intellectual and visual curiosity. That mix has made her an influential figure among younger critically minded painters. Moyer deserves much credit for unearthing mid-century abstraction as a vehicle for thinking about women’s relationships to their bodies and history.”