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Thomas Nozkowski’s little gems of paintings have always made me swoon for their humor, their materiality, their balance and intelligence. Here’s something Nozkowski said, quoted in last month’s Art in America, that I thought was worth sharing and thinking about:

I was really trying to think something through and politics was informing everything that we were doing in those days, with Vietnam, with the early days of feminism, and with the Civil Rights movement. …I felt that I could no longer do big paintings that were for an audience of the very institutions that I then despised. The last thing I wanted to do was to paint for a museum, to paint for a bank lobby. I wanted to paint paintings that could fit in my friends’ rooms.

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