Monday, April 14, 2008

Feeney on Hopper

Matt Feeney of the Boston Globe won this year's Pulitzer for criticism. Among the pieces that earned him the honor was this one about Edward Hopper:
Regardless of whether it's a Maine lighthouse or a New York sidewalk, the "where" Hopper paints is almost always barely populated. His friend, the artist Guy Pene du Bois, described Hopper's New York as "a noiseless architectural world." Rather than teem and roar, his city seems on the verge of evacuation. There's the empty sidewalk of "Drug Store," the solitary customer in "Automat," the nearly deserted theater of "New York Movie."
(Via Brainiac)


Anonymous josh said...

i always loved this painting.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that passage. After watching season 5 of THE WIRE, I've been convinced the Pulitzers are a bunch of bullshit; but that bit of writing is almost enough to convince me otherwise.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Kevin Longrie said...

I love Hopper (obviously) so maybe I'll check out this Mr. Feeney.

Ha, Mr. Feeney

1:24 AM  
Blogger Johannes said...

One of my favorite painters well described, thanks. A very American style.

7:10 PM  

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