He painted parking meters, fire hydrants, mailboxes, and stop signs in a deadpan illustrational
style executed with middling skill.
At the time it was quite dismissed because people said it was illustrational
, it wasn't like "Guernica." The painting's of soldiers in a kind of medieval, chivalric look, armor and things.
The best works in this show seem to be those in which the even-ness of the illustrational
style is disrupted by contrasting factors.
It is something else, and it is precisely owing to the nature of what could be promoted by Intel--a pseudo-documentary montage of images and phrases drawn from American social and political history --that works of art, some very fine and many very inferior, are condemned to serve an illustrational
and instrumentalist function, both on the Internet and in the exhibition itself.
The branches define a spectrum from Geometrical Abstraction on the left (on which the sun shines), to a rightmost limb occupied by the names of artists whose work ranged from realist to illustrational
. This branch is weighed down with the appurtenances of material success, like Marley's ghost, and shows signs of breaking off the trunk of modern art: Reinhardt was an aesthetic scold well before he found in his black squares the final answer to the question of art.
Cutler had made her name with fine-boned works on paper, many of them modest in size, in an illustrational
style that for me recalled the best children's books in its blend of representational carefulness and sometimes knife-sharp fantasy; now she spread out expansively to construct an elaborate spatial enigma, blending Americana with myth.
The paintings are deftly done in a firm illustrational
style, using predominantly warm earth tones with touches of subdued red.
This is also one of several works that Dosso reworked drastically, wiping out an equally large second figure, which cannot but loosen illustrational
Mark Tansey appropriates and thematizes a kind of laconic all-purpose illustrational
style from about 1920, and his works, while in a sense realistic, are polemics against Greenbergian aesthetics.