Tuesday, April 14, 2015

John Giorno's Icon of Atheism at Elizabeth Dee Art Gallery

By Blake Gopnik
Good poetry is often all about compression and concision – packing as much meaning as possible into the smallest space. You can tell that John Giorno has practiced as a notable poet, because the art he makes has that same density. Today's Daily Pic is on view in his solo show at Elizabeth Dee in New York, and I think it captures, in just four words, the essence of what we atheists believe about divinity – a truth that seems as self-evident to us as the Incarnation does to the Pope. Giorno's icon of atheism has the numinous perfection, and compression, of a Byzantine image of Christ. [link]