The Easel

Many strategies for survival: Barbara Rose on painting after Postmodernism

The demise of painting has often been proclaimed. Duchamp declared it dead in 1918. In the 1960’s it was deemed “an irrelevant relic of bourgeois culture”. Lately the challenge comes from mass culture imagery and new media. But the writer is optimistic about painting. Serious artists are making carefully worked canvasses, aiming to create “the wholeness of the aesthetic experience made available by the Old Masters.”