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 “He had amazing ability to deeply offend friends and keep the friendship,” Storr commented at the gallery last weekend.At a time when various New York abstractionists were starting to make money, some people saw the cartoons as a product of sour grapes. But that wasn’t the case, Storr stresses. Rather, Reinhardt’s cartoons are warning salvos aimed at posers who might sully the purity of art. And that is what links them to the paintings: both are the product of the artist’s unapologetic, unswerving esthetic and ethical code. 
Robin Cembalest, Art News  more
Ad Reinhart's satirical cartoons were passed around in the undergraduate and graduate paintings studios when I was a student. Most of us were stunned that an abstractionist was also political, making comics about the WWII, fascism, race, the battle of the sexes as well as the battles within the artworld. I doubt this seems as radical today. Robert Storr curated an exhibition of this work for David Zwirner, here is a link to his gallery talk.
©2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK; COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON.



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