Infestation of New York Abstraction (Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis)

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Yesterday, I was enjoying the MoMA exhibition, Abstract Expressionist New York, when, all of a sudden, as a museum visitor posed too close to the Barnett Newman, an AR Bufo Toad’s legs burst through the painting. I managed, through a quick series of iPhotos, to stitch together this incisive moment in all its composite splendor!  Even though Newman intended these paintings to be seen up close, a guard promptly shepherded the woman away, unaware of the monster protruding all around her. In retrospect it does not surprise me that these two  artworks, in two coinciding collections, should be intersecting. The MoMA’s  explication of the work states, “Newman’s largest painting at the time of its completion, is meant to overwhelm the senses.” VF’s Bufotenine sublime!

But, what to do? These pests of the museum are improperly multiplying! They can be seen at times everywhere in the building, on all the floors, in the stairwells, in the bathrooms, in the sculpture and the painting. No doubt there will be a move towards extermination. Hopefully, in the end, a sole infertile healthy specimen will be retained for the AR collection.          More on Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis

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