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Alex Melamid on “Old Masters”

General Programming

December 2, 2014

The discussion on "Old Masters" with Alex Melamid, Art Spiegelman, and Jules Feiffer used as its starting point what renown critic Barbara Herrnstein Smith called “the senile sublime.” From Michelangelo, to Willem de Kooning, to Chester Gould, all of whom lived into their 80s, these are artists whose later works reflect a higher state of mental freedom. It is these late works that have gained recognition at the turn of the 21st Century.