Post #923 • December 19, 2006, 4:45 PM • 2 Comments
DC Moore Gallery kindly sent me this image of a work it had up at Art Basel/Miami Beach.
It was one of the highlights. Satiny and transluscent, egg tempera looks more like the opalescence of human skin more than any other material. Surfaces flicker, but reticently. Tooker was an important participant in the American revival of egg tempera, along with his friend Paul Cadmus, and as such drew stylistically and materially from Fra Angelica while dealing with the angst of urban living. The painting above seems like an ode to Mexicana, but with an uncomfortable remove between the viewer and the model. Tooker is now 86, and I'd like to hear if he's still working. I hope so.