Description: In two series of paintings "Nudity and the Flag in Advertising" and "Printed Matter Redesigned", Michael Eastman uses his commercial art background to vastly improve print media. In this case the subject is a vintage German propaganda poster. View actual poster. View text detail. Much text including the words "Stuzt" and "Kreigsanleihe" appears in this painting as does a demure nude sporting a snappy, spiked German helmut. View detail. Michael Eastman uses words, numbers and figures as abstract elements and sometimes for their meaning as well. This painter expects the viewer to use eyes and intellect to discern whether a word or number is a message or simply a mark. In composing his paintings, Eastman often employs graffiti-like writing. Since Michael Eastman enjoys aping the look of naive art, we place him in that category. But, Eastman's approach to his work is cerebral, often witty, and quite abstract--not at all the urgent, direct attitude typical of a naïf or outsider artist. |
Visit the Tribeca studio of Michael Eastman whose work is included in the collection of Hirshhorn Museum (Washington,DC) and the Mauntner-Markof Collection (Vienna, Austria).
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