Oil on board, 1996
10 x 10 inches
Courtesy of the Estate of Manny Farber and Quint Gallery
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Manny Farber (1917–2008) was both an acclaimed artist and an internationally respected film critic. After completing his studies at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco, he moved to New York City and wrote both film and art criticism for major publications through the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. He left New York in 1970 to teach art and film criticism at UC San Diego. His paintings are now as widely admired as his writings, and the New York Times dubbed him “the greatest still life painter of his generation.” Early in his artistic career Farber had been an abstract painter, and there remains an abstract base to works such as this untitled composition, although the abstraction has been invaded by an assortment of objects. He painted with his board or canvas on a table, placing the objects to be represented on the surface and painting them nearby, which explains the curious effects of perspective.