For Perl, there may be too much authenticity (a painter's connection with her own inner life) and too little sincerity (a painter's sense of connection with and responsibility to society and artistic tradition). Contemporary painting might strike Perl as more meaningful if it showed that the painter was struggling, in the act of painting, with finding a better balance between sincerity and authenticity. Perl's words on Cezanne speak of what he is looking for:
For Cezanne, the sincerity of his commitment to traditional stylistic
legibility was constantly challenged by the authenticity of his idiosyncratic
experience of nature. It is Cezanne's double allegiance -- to the sincerity
of tradition and the authenticity of his own perceptions of form -- that has
made his work central for artists from Matisse, Picasso, and Braque down to our own day.
Perl's selection of a Diebenkorn painting illustrates the point. Diebenkorn "makes a painting that unmakes and then remakes painting's traditions." Diebenkorn shows the viewer both the idiosyncratic nuts and bolts of his studio through his depiction of his studio wall, and a timelessly elegant composition.
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Art criticism like this makes me want to rush back to my studio.