The Semi-Secret History of Modernism’s Best Comic Artist
Only one modernist leveraged his mass-produced comic art not as a “day job” but as a full-fledged, yet separate dimension of a larger aesthetic enterprise.
That was Ad Reinhardt.
The master of the iconic, reductive Black Paintings was a virtuoso of white-out fluid, paste-up, and Photostats.
Reinhardt was on staff at the progressive tabloid P.M. between 1942 and ’47, producing several thousand cartoons and illustrations over the course of his career.
For ARTnews, he produced several double-spread collages about the art world that retain their power as works of satire, data visualization, and timeliness. (Like the category “Artist as Poetartcritic Raw Divining-Rod Tool.”)
A new show at David Zwirner explores the links between Ad Reinhardt’s identity as abstract painter and as cartoonist, satirist, crusader, explicator, and slide-show maker.
Read more at artnews.com.
From Top: How to Look at a Good Idea, P.M., August 4, 1946. ©2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK; COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON. Foundingfathersfollyday, ARTnews, April 1954. ©2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. A Portend of the Artist as a Yhung Mandala, ARTnews, May 1956. ©2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK. Our Favorites, ARTnews, March 1952. ©2013 ESTATE OF AD REINHARDT / ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK.