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Philip Taaffe: Interview

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Tyler Green talks to painter Philip Taaffe on the occasion of the exhibition Philip Taaffe Recent Work at Luhring Augustine, New York, on view from May 3 – Jun 15, 2013.

Commenting on the sources for his work, Taaffe remarks: "I have this idea in my head that I am referencing ancient art and the idea of the scribe. Several of the paintings in the exhibition are derived from what I think of as illuminated manuscript paintings, so in other words I am trying to get in touch with this earlier art historical reality and trying to update it in my own sense… the idea of the scribe, the idea of the mosaic patterning, has to do with ancient craftsmanship being brought up to date and being filtered through my own artistic desire, I suppose, in terms of what I would like to see in the world."

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