What’s the difference between a Manet and a Goya? Anita Shapolsky Gallery’s show, “Past Present Perfect,” seeks to capture the lack of proficiency in art history, bringing together four artists of vastly different styles and varying mediums all under the idea of emulating the great masters and creating a new narrative out of something old.
Featured artists include painters Russell Connor and Michael Dominick, sculptor Mark Gibian, and street artist Swoon.
“Young people occasionally call it a ‘mash-up,’” Connor said of his paintings. They place well-known works of art together on the same canvas to generate a new narrative.
Connor began as a student of renowned abstract expressionist Josef Albers. He then went on to discuss art on television from the Boston Museum. Afterward, he chose to depart from abstract expressionism, and instead began to copy from classical master painters.
“I don’t pretend to be able to copy the technique of the