Jo McGonigal

2 Oranges (Action Abstraction), 2010

Oil and enamel on paper

40 x 60cm

“There’s a story about a Roman wall painter who tried and tried to paint the foam on a horse’s mouth. He just couldn’t get it right. And in disgust, he threw a sponge at the horse and the sponge left a mark right on the horse’s nostril that looked exactly like the foam. And so, he simply added a few more strokes and he had a perfect representation of the foam he had worked so hard to depict. This is probably the birth of abstract art and it is probably the beginning of how we do art now.” – John Baldessari, The Way We Do Art Now (The Birth of Abstract Art), 1973



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