- September 27, 2002
art that I am most interested
in is not realism but the kind
of work that might strike some
viewers as crude or distorted.
I prefer primitive art, folk
art, political caricatures, cartoons, "art
brut," expressionism, and the
art of the fauves.
What I like about this art is its
freedom and spontaneity, its expressive
drawing and emotional use of color,
and its focus on the human drama.
These elements are particularly
marked, I think, in the work
of artists such as Daumier, Beckman,
Chagall, Kokoschka, Grosz, Kirchner,
Dix, Dubuffet, Matisse, Picasso,
Rouault, Soutine, van Dongen,
Guston, and Shahn.
In my own work, I find American popular
culture - ranging from cigar-store
Indians to Krazy Kat - a rich vein
of artistic imagery. This material
provides a sort of visual slang,
a body of informal, demotic icons
with a raw vitality that embraces
the contemporary world rather than