There are pictures that fool you. Jon Singer Sargeant was a most of those, but the one that gets me is Invocation by Jules Olitski. There is no way I could tell this wasn't a photograph unless I got close enough to make a museum guard uncomfortable. The way Olitski used the acrylics, and heavy swish and almost trowel-like application makes it nearly indistinguishable from a photo at more than 2 or 3 paces.
It is reminiscent of the lunar surface, but perhaps it is the most Abstract Expressionist of all the Abstract Expressionist works. It is nothing but brush stroke, clear, visible, undeniable. There is a little color, but it is not applied; it is mingled. This is a work that has become a marking, a painting that has become about the fact that it is painted. I find that powerful.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.