Art & Technology

»The subject matter, of course, is commercialism and commercial art: but its contribution is the isolation and the glorification of the »thing«. Commercial art is not our art, it is our subject matter and in that sense it is nature; but it is considered completely ad odds with the major direction of art during and since the Renaissance and particularly at odds with our directly preceding movement – Abstract Expressionism. Commercial art runs contrary to a major art current in the sense that it concentrates on thing rather than on environmentfigure rather than ground

Roy Lichtenstein, 1964

»Life imparts itself to us as convention, as social game and social law. Photographs are short-lived copies of this mediation, like the pictures I paint on the basis of the photographs. Since they have been painted, the pictures no longer tell about a specific situation, the depiction becomes absurd. As a picture it [the painting] has a different meaning, a different information.«

Gerhard Richter, 1964/65

Foto: Tobias Roch, Hagen Bildrechte: VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2014 Bildrechte: gemeinfrei, Foto: Peter Hinschläger Bildrechte: Calder Foundation New York / Foto Stiftung Lehmbruck Museum

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