Stephen Westfall

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Frederick Terna by Stephen Westfall
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In 1943, at the age of twenty, Frederick Terna knew that if he survived the war he was going to be a painter. 

Cordy Ryman by Stephen Westfall
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A typical Cordy Ryman lies in a hybridized zone between sculpture and painting; pieces of wood or perhaps canvas may be isolated like small geometric paintings or even extended into the full expanse of the rooms in which they are installed, following a kind of modular accumulation strategy. 

Two Paintings by Stephen Westfall
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Jessica Stockholder by Stephen Westfall
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Jessica Stockholder has revitalized abstraction and formalism by obliterating most of their self-imposed dialectical boundaries.

Nan Goldin by Stephen Westfall
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Nan Goldin’s photography never fails to entice, shining with her trademark sensuality and tenderness. She spoke with Stephen Westfall for BOMB in 1991.

Mary Gaitskill by Stephen Westfall
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“I think what a masochist wants is deep intimacy and closeness, and they don’t know how to experience it except as an act of violation. They don’t have a concept of two people just, you know, touching together.”

Bill Barrette by Stephen Westfall
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What unites the work of Polly Apfelbaum, Bill Barrette, and Nancy Shaver is their incorporation of objects and images that have a history of prior use.

Nancy Shaver by Stephen Westfall
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“If it’s a painting done by someone else that I’m using, it’s important that it be looked at as a painting, and in terms of the person who did it, and their imagination.”

Polly Apfelbaum by Stephen Westfall
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“When objects dream, when we dream, things come together in strange ways, without surface logic.”

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