Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches
A set from Anthony Mastromatteo's Image/Word Series.
Mastromatteo: It has always been my experience that the revival of contemporary realism can be characterized not by not only being a re-emphasis on technical proficiency but also by being a complete re-institution of many of the elements of the visual and signifying language from the times when this technical proficiency previously flourished. As a result, it is in many cases as much an historical statement as much as an art statement. I would offer that the possibilities of the technical grammar of realism have avoided engaging the developments of art movements outside of the eras during which it flourished. It has chosen History over Art. Central to this series is the attempt to put technical proficiency in relationship to some of the movements and ideas not necessarily associated with realism.
Advent: There are elements of Minimalism and Surrealism present in this painting. Mastromatteo finished it after reading Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” during Advent.
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City