• The Fidler of Half Moon Bay

    Date posted: November 1, 2014 Author: jolanta
    Airport 1972 oil on canvas 92 x 119”

    The Fidler of Half Moon Bay
    By Tony Zaza, The Roving Eye

    Irving Norman fights the corporate slagheap. He fought Franco in 1938.  He missed
    WWI & WW2.  Too old for Vietnam, he fought within his canvases.  Too too over-the-
    top to be commercial, too too obvious to ferment action, missing the  abstract
    expressionist mainstream, Norman’s work got no respect until 1989.
    He’s Orwell with a paintbrush, drawing was not intense enough. Looking more like
    an “outsider” artist rather than the social muralist he really effects, Norman just
    carried on in his Half Moon Bay studio psychically cleansed by the California

    The canvas is populated with victims of progress and conformism.  They are so busy
    they seem the work of a compulsive neuveau erotical.  The show at Michael
    Rosenfeld Gallery feels like a room filled with nightmares.  But someone needed to
    leave this kind of  cave painting behind to poke the conscience of the Millenials
    before they blankfacedly  give away the rest of the civilization.

    You don’t need too much intellectual skill to get Norman’s messages. They are quite
    literal. His work has been labeled as a type of surrealist offshoot. But it is a clever
    hieroglyphic about  the history of cruelty and primitivism. It’s a neverending story of
    PaleoSociety.  It’s fun just to navigate the maze of imagery and discover private
    vanities and conceits. His work is a Jewish-American translation of Italian Futurism.

    Airport  1972 oil on canvas  92 x 119”

    Airport 1972 oil on canvas 92 x 119”


    Airport  1972 oil on canvas  92 x 119”

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