“In Painting We Discover Demons; If We Don’t Exorcise Them They Devour Your Ass!”

Jack Whitten lecturing at SCAD (All photos by the author for Hyperallergic)
SAVANNAH, Georgia - 
Traditionally, art history is contained on objects — the artifacts that artists leave behind and populate our museums and galleries, offering aesthetic arguments, disagreements, and manifestos. But the messier, less packaged-up side of art history is hidden in the people who lived it. That much was certainly clear from a lecture at Savannah College of Art and Design’s 2013 deFINE Art conference.
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“In Painting We Discover Demons; If We Don’t Exorcise Them They Devour Your Ass!”

Jack Whitten lecturing at SCAD (All photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

SAVANNAH, Georgia - 

Traditionally, art history is contained on objects — the artifacts that artists leave behind and populate our museums and galleries, offering aesthetic arguments, disagreements, and manifestos. But the messier, less packaged-up side of art history is hidden in the people who lived it. That much was certainly clear from a lecture at Savannah College of Art and Design’s 2013 deFINE Art conference.

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