The image inevitably calls to mind
the entries for the World Trade Center memorial competition--most of them New Age permutations of gardens, candles, and fountains, all hopelessly inadequate as expressions of grief.
In place of the current voguish, "progressive" notions of what fathers should be like, Blankenhorn develops an anti-ideal that he calls "The Good Family Man." The Good Family Man is a practitioner of what Blankenhorn terms "good-enough fatherhood," a phrase which calls to mind
the similarly down-to-earth "good-enough mother" that developmental psychologist D.W.
Any hip-to-crit undergraduate art history major might recognize that this phrase inescapably calls to mind
the writings of, if not Georges Bataille, then at least Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss, curators of the Pompidou's brilliant 1996 exhibition "L'Informe: Mode d'emploi." Indeed, the very first section of the Informe catalogue is titled "Base Materialism." It's no secret that Storr has nourished a profound antipathy for the October crowd, and his usage of a critical vocabulary that Bois and Krauss introduced to art criticism without the slightest nod of attribution speaks volumes.
An elementary school yearbook photo of the artist that appears throughout the larger works calls to mind
the harsh self-reflection of John Ashbery in "The Picture of Little J.A.
Ford's penchant for animals and the nature/culture nexus also calls to mind
artists covering similar territory: Ann Craven, Ashley Bickerton, Mark Dion, and Alexis Rockman.
The camouflage theme calls to mind
not only military concealment but the artists (most notably Warhol) and fashion designers who've used it to completely opposite effect.
Their color naturally and immediately calls to mind
Byzantine icons, the dignity of a tradition in which depiction was the springboard for meditation on the divine, and the transcendence that gold symbolizes.
The Chamberlain comparison is fair enough--the distinctive angular rigidity of Nitsche's line calls to mind
car contours--but the suggestion of violence feels misleading.
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one of his early works, Fishing for Asian Carp, 1966.
More often, Bock calls to mind
a rock 'n' roll analogy: his quasi namesake Beck.
Her spare photograph of a shirtless man standing on an unidentified rocky seashore (Dreaming of Babylon 19, 1999-2000) calls to mind
Caspar David Friedrich's Monk by the Sea, 1809-10, while the 1999-2000 "New Land" photographs are even more Friedrichian: expansive views of sandy construction sites that turn out to be islands near Amsterdam being constructed by the Dutch government.