Curator Janet Bishop and painter Wayne Thiebaud on compressing the space in a room
JANET BISHOP: I’m Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA. I had the chance recently to sit down with painter Wayne Thiebaud to look closely at Green Bowl, which is one of his favorites from our collection.
WAYNE THIEBAUD: The space is the kind of space which is so compressed and so flat. And when she introduced this dish, and placed it on a little table, you got this enormous amount of pressure down. And I think she’s used a palette knife. In any event, there is a lot of flattening and that’s really satisfying to me.
JANET BISHOP: Despite the fact that the paint itself is clearly so heavy and choppy, I see what he means here about the flattening. The way the table is tilted up so that it’s almost in plane with the canvas. The green color is such a big thrill. and I love how she incorporates that brightness next to the more earthy muddy colors that dominate the rest of the canvas.
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