A very bright thesis student and I had a good conversation about Hopper last week. How can anyone who lives in the Northeast fail to make the connection between that unnamed feeling of alienation and discomfort that seems part of our national blood and his haunting images? He is everywhere here in the Hudson Valley and I am reminded of Robert Hughes in a lecture series at the Met saying Hopper was the most significant American artist of the 20th Century because Hollywood absorbed his idea of what America looked and felt like. There were audible gasps in the audience.
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