TITLE

Painting, Poetry, Abstraction, and Ashbery

AUTHOR(S)
Applewhite, James
PUB. DATE
March 1988
SOURCE
Southern Review;Spring1988, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p272
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article compares painting with poetry. Both art forms, in the twentieth century, have been subject to an abstraction productive of fascinating technical advances but destructive, ultimately, of the correlation between self-reflexive art object and palpable source in reality. Both poetry and painting are traditionally associated with recognizable images. Both seem, on the face of it, mimetic arts. Yet poetry has, also, always tended toward song. And painting, since Romanticism, has been transparently expressive. Poetry, able to simulate the single a temporal complex of images, is really a narrative medium. Painting, with its simultaneous images, can nevertheless simulate narrative.
ACCESSION #
15772617

 

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