Wit at the Painting Center

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (8-44) 2002 oil on linen on panel, 16 x 20 inches  

The conversation between artist and viewer is enhanced by recognition and discovery. A small gesture like a nod or wink can provide a link with the mindset of the artist and set the tone of the conversation. It is a mistake to polarize humor and intellect since they work best in unison. Wit suggests qualities of the human spirit in an overly synchronized world, be it the slip, the twist, the pratfall, it's the imperfection that identifies the personality. Joanne Freeman, curator
Ruth Root

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