By Charlotte Gerlings
From Fra Angelico to Francisco Zurbaran, from the masters of the Renaissance to the summary expressionists, this lavishly illustrated quantity showcases the main influential Western artists from 800 years of artwork historical past, including:
• Salvador Dali
• Mary Cassatt
• Edgar Degas
• Pablo Picasso
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29 Even this move, seemingly individualistic, was a call for colleagueship—another crew member often answering it by doing a ﬂip over a body in this low position. Haring thus saluted the range of poetic methods by which the blacks and Latinos of the early eighties found strength and com munity in the break dance. The participants themselves recognized their moves in Haring’s subway drawings: [1983, 1984] . . it was almost like a dialogue going on back and forth, and the subways were a way to continue the dialogue and put [out] images which I would get sometimes speciﬁcally from dance moves that I saw .
Vertical electric boogie, the elasticity of which, sending waves, has magically lengthened the dancer’s body. Breaker falling on his back, body supported with the palms of the hands and feet, building the pose called the bridge. xxxviii Wave dancers passing modiﬁed lightning to one another. 34 This was Haring at his best, the master documentarist in search of taste and fellowship, showing persons in the dance ac quiring value through stealing ﬁre from the age of electronics. He showed them bending, delaying, and transgressing a march toward a post-hominid future.
The destructive element exists in all art, but ultimately is determined only by the ideas of the viewer. Art has no meaning because it has many meanings, inﬁ nite meanings. Art is different for every individual, and is de ﬁnable only by the given individual. There are no set answers, only questions. When I go to SoHo, I come away with so many visions of new ideas for my own work that I wonder if that’s why I go. I start to look at the gallery spaces as spaces for my art instead of looking at the art being shown.