Thomas Punzmann Fine Arts opens exhibition of works by C. Michael Norton

FRANKFURT.- A quick and simple answer to the riddle of why C. Michael Norton’s paintings are not better known is that in America, at least, there remains a suspicion of vivacity in the fine arts. Presumably, that’s something best left to the popular arts: pop music, Hollywood movies, fashion, Las Vegas; all that is garish and frivolous. As Leo Steinberg pointed out in his great essay, Other Criteria, this suspicion of any peacocking in the fine arts goes back to the Puritan heritage of American arts and letters, and while that aesthetic hegemony has been breaking down over the last century it still persists in the low incident surfaces and simultaneously hip and monastic blacks, reds, and whites of neoconceptual painting. And there is

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