The Easel

9th April 2019

Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable

On paper, Holzer’s early text-based art is so neat and aesthetic. Projected onto buildings or in illuminated signs, it has even more impact. Holzer tried hard to be clichéd in order to “catch people who were in a hurry”. Recently she has made works using redacted security documents: “the person redacting should have been a Russian Suprematist … the blocks were just so”.

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light @ the National Gallery

Popular in his native Madrid, Sorolla is elsewhere obscure. One critic praises his “Impressionist effervescence” and immense skill in depicting light.  However, key works, from the 1890’s, when Impressionism was no longer new, were essentially traditional. [He represented] “everything modern painting set out to overthrow.” Sorolla aspired to be Goya’s heir. He was not.