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I might as well continue my series of public art in Stockholm with this painting that was temporarily shown earlier this year.

Don't you believe it's a real work of art? Do you actually think it's just graffiti?

All right, it probably is just a piece of graffiti, but the moment I saw this the first time it struck me as being quite different from the usual meaningless tags. I see a combination of spontaneity and carefully considered elegant shapes and lines, with paint dripping in intended places in a pattern simplified step by step.

This painting, found at a street corner a few blocks from my house, makes me think of the "abstract expressionism" created by a number of American painters in the 1940's and 1950's. That style has been defined as being "often characterised by gestural brush-strokes or mark-making, and the impression of spontaneity".

That's exactly what I see here. I would not have been at all surprised to find something like this at for instance MoMA (New York's Museum of Modern Art).

Unfortunately some vandal, probably from the city, or maybe hired by the owner of the building, removed this unique painting early this summer, about two months after I saw it the first time.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12865 W: 572 N: 24605] (104510)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-04-30
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-07-31 0:21
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