Contemporary Metropolitan Museums

Michaël Borremans – Dallas Museum of Art

March 15, 2015 to July 5, 2015

As Sweet As It Gets

Painter Borremans
will develop like Simon Shama’sBorremans and his painting Angel
narrative of Rembrant –
having mastered old master painting
he’s going to let politics creep in:
fish on the table – of the poor,
an ugly begermister.

What symbols, attitudes
juxtapositions will he use?
I don’t know, but
somehow I bet the curator of
his show $5 that he’d attempt
to get more political –
although I’m not sure I spoke
clearly enough, was happy
from Happy Hour and travel.

I don’t like making up politicaltalk at Dallas Museum of Art
or even narrative meaning to go
with paintings, even old ones.
Mona Lisa is an interesting face –
a combo of paints that has a physical
effect – we don’t know if the
woman ever looked like that.
She might have had a wart on her eye.
His people are anonymous –
it is not about “McDonalds worker” –
but that people are pushed around,
made to wear stupid caps
or wooden suits.talk at Dallas Museum of Art between curator Jeffrey Grove and Michael Borremans
The last large paintings done
in the air inside an old church –
open – drying – absorbing –
doesn’t make religion seen.
Or sane.

Hemmed in.
What would they look like
if he painted in a town hall?

I wrote for a small town
newspaper for years –talk at Dallas Museum of Art between curator Jeffrey Grove and Michael Borremans
covering ski resort towns –
A rich one that smelled of wasted money,
Another, a bedroom to the rich resort –
more for local workers –
the town hall was poorly designed
– a hallway really –
trying to be a greatroom,Michael Borremans & curator
but just clumsy, trafficked.
And another town – a former train hub
– historically working class –
its so-called city hall refurbished
barracks – where they’d interred Japanese.
… if I could paint those feels …

If Borremans does it,talk at Dallas Museum of Art between curator Jeffrey Grove and Michael Borremans with drawing of a proposed space by Borremans
I’m going to claim the 5 bucks.

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