Allegory Themes

Mary Jo Bang
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Art and the Artist

“Allegory” is closely related to Philip Guston's 1975 painting of the same name, and Bang's commentary directly engages with the central themes of the painting. For example, both works provide a self-conscious commentary on the predicament of the artist, including the artist's relationship to reality and society. Bang produces a somewhat unique perspective on Guston's painting, but she follows his lead in analyzing the dilemma of the visual, literary, and musical artist as he or she attempts to approach the world and create art.

Since it includes a scroll that reads “The Artists” at the top, and what appears to be a wave at the bottom with the words “composer,” “painter,” “sculptor,” and “poet,” Guston's painting suggests that the figures in the body of the piece are artists at work. Similarly, Bang suggests that the people represented by the pronouns “we” and “us” may be artists...

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