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In the beginning, there was only one picture — what a wonder that must have been


Written and photographed by Andy Romanoff

Before museums, before galleries, before art schools, back when art was made in caves, what was it like to experience it? For the last year, we have been without our familiar sources. For just this while, the torrent of new art slowed, our chance to appreciate what we already had. But now the galleries and museums are reopening, and with that will come a flood of new art. Our chance once again to see and parse and hopefully to be transfixed like cave dwellers holding smoking candles before a glimpse of magic. I hope so.

We have all experienced this defining moment together. The aftershocks are still rumbling round the world, but we already know this Covid year will be a marker for a generation. For now, the art that came before fills the pipeline but the minds, and hearts of artists are processing what we have all experienced. The results will appear before us soon.

I’ve been visiting a few galleries and museums as they slowly reopen. Most require appointments and masks, a small price to pay for opening their doors. It’s too early to talk about shows in-depth, right now I’m just so happy there are shows at all.

So for once, forgive me, I’m posting pictures of paintings on walls as well as shows by photographers. Thank you to all the galleries that have survived and figured out how to move forward, the same to all the museums. I’ve walked in the halls of The Getty Center, LACMA, and the Fisher, gone to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, visited Chung King Road and seen drawings by Douglas Allen at Tierra Del Sol and photos by Osceola Refetoff. There will be more to come but for the moment it’s great to be looking at pictures again.

LACMA – Vera Lutter –

Getty Center – Photo Flux –

Fisher Museum – Dan McCleary: Oaxaca –

Heard Museum, Phoenix –

Tierra Del Sol – Douglas Allen –

Osceola Refetoff –

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