Naves writes that "The advent and subsequent triumph of modernism did much to diminish the role of narrative in the visual arts, insisting, as it did, that the exigencies of craft should take precedence over anything smacking of literature." He continues, noting that "modernism is an historical blip... Narratives have dominated world art... Thoughts about narrative - about temporal flow, cultural myths and the human imagination’s range, influence and probity - came to mind while viewing Storytelling in Japanese Art."
Sheldon Tapley reviews the exhibition Narrative Figuration at the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati on view through June 5, 2011.
Tapley notes that the five painters in the show, Robert Anderson, Daniel O'Connor, Tim Parsley, Emil Robinson and Tina Tammaro, have each committed to "a curiously old-fashioned choice: to keep making pictures by hand, using simple drawing materials, and a grand old medium, oil paint... these painters [also] devote themselves, at least in part, to another old practice: working from 'life.' To use the term invokes particular values: admiration of past accomplishments; identification of the human figure with beauty and meaning; the importance of carefully observing and depicting the visible world."
Altoon Sultan blogs about Elizabeth Murray's paintings from the mid to late 1970's, works which document Murray's path from "minimalism" to her signature style. Sultan writes that "Murray takes forms that seem so straightforwardly geometric and infuses them with stories and off beat humor."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.