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Wesley Martin Berg & Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
On view (Summer Show)

Wesley Martin Berg and Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Artforum
Tausif Noor
August 2017

The sad-clown painting functions as a sort of postmodern joke: an ironic gesture that dives into bad taste while subtly nodding to art history—the clown’s origins can be traced back to the stock character Pierrot of the commedia dell’arte, after all. Wesley Martin Berg’s paintings of clowns are informed by this tradition, but he also imbues his subjects with a solemn grace.
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