Fables and Fantasies
Kuspit, Donald B
. Duke University Museum of Art , The Museum . [Durham, N.C.]
N6487.D85 D8 1988 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A glossy exhibit catalogue of a show united around a central concept. These forty-four recent works are related by their use of myth, legend, or personal fantasy as a mode for expressing the troubled human condition in the face of the anxieties and uncertainties of the `post-modern' world (Michael Mezzatesta, the museum's director, on 4). Kuspit writes Most of the works are narrative; they obviously depict human affairs. More significantly, they are implicitly allegorical. They...articulate a myth of humanness (6). Even more specifically, they are about lost human integrity. Kuspit devotes several paragraphs to what these artist fablists attempt to accomplish. I find the works of Gingerich, Howson, and Campbell most engaging.