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Jack, 2010

Ron Terada
Canadian, 1969
acrylic on canvas
76.2 x 61 cm each
Purchased 2011
National Gallery of Canada (no. 43418.1-16)

For his "Jack" painting series, Ron Terada transcribed six chapters from "Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia" (2003), in which the American artist (1945-2003) reflects on his rise as a "Pictures" artist in New York and his subsequent fall to poverty in Los Angeles. "Jack, says Terada, "is a continuation of my interest in the machinations of the art world." The work is "the suspension of an identity caught between disappearance and reappearance, between truth and fiction." Concerned with merging monochrome painting with form and content drawn from popular culture, Terada infuses the legacy of monochromatic painting with an artist's reflections of anxiety over the insularity and social dynamics of the art world.

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