|Chuck Close Self-portrait, 2000|
|Russian collage artist Maxim Ksuta skips paint, preferring paste in producing portraits.|
The Russian artist Maxim Ksuta's work (above, 2010) with giant photo collage portraits, though superficially similar Chuck Close, differs in that Ksuta eschews the use of paint, instead using tiny photos of famous works of art. Unlike Close, who toils laboriously for months over a single painting, Ksuta allows the computer to do all the tedious work while he simply "cuts and pastes" to his canvas as directed by his PC. That's Postmodern technology married to a new way of thinking about what an artist does and needn't do in producing art.
|Chi Sono Self-portrait|
|Postmodern Portraiture Staggers |
with Simultaneous Art, Nigel Tomm
|It'll probably never adorn the walls of the White House, but Shepherd Fairey's much-|
criticized and highly-praised political portrait is nothing if not Postmodern.
(Notice the bipartisan reds and blues which predominate.)
|A Postmodern Self-portrait, 2011, Jim Lane|