OK, once again I've had to discuss why I teach real art history to empower artists, when I could just propagandize them in the latest consensus correct attitudes of a history no longer than a decade ago, or alternatively why I have expanded the coverage to areas beyond central Euros. So read my darn dissertation chapter about it and get over it --- or hopefully enjoy it.
Young artists love my approach and are demanding it and are empowering themselves.
Artist Jack Whitten paints a verbal picture of his memorial art, in talking with Stuart Horodner, curator of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. For the past 40 years, New York-based painter Jack Whitten has created elaborately constructed abstract paintings, which are conceived to memorialize various cultural figures (artists, musicians, dancers, politicians, writers), family members, and tragic events that have shaped his life. Whitten has studied the historical impulses behind the honoring of the dead (in various cultures through time) and he has developed a contribution to the notion of abstraction and representation. In the 70s he did some amazing paintings pre-figuring Richter's abstraction by decades.