dayoutlast is a record of my direct engagement with mostly contemporary art, mostly Los Angelean.

As this blog has evolved since its 2010 inception, so has my perspective. What I once perceived as central within the investigation was what was central, literally, within the photographic frame that I shared here. While still an important consideration, such thinking has also given way to more peripheral considerations, ones also accompanied occasionally by text (written manifestation of thought) and the oscillations between them. What's missing here are larger unknowns surrounding issues of presentation and representation; the amount of time and space it actually takes to accomplish such first-hand observations; and the quandaries between documentation and interpretation.

Despite my attempt to communicate here with image and text what is essential in some respect about the artwork, neither representation should ever be considered a substitution for the primary viewing experience. Of course, occasionally there are exceptions.

Most of the time, these posts are merely remnants---residual fragments---from my last day out.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tony Smith "Untitled," 1961 @ Matthew Marks | Los Angeles


Untitled, 1961
24 x 36 inches





A rare and random encounter with a very nice painting, aside from the top image, the rest show just how much a painting (especially one with such surface nuance) suffers under average lighting, and, more importantly, an average camera (the latest iPhone).  Whatever the shortcomings, you still get a sense to its greatness in such a small package.