Sunday, August 19, 2012

Party like it's 1979

As Prince so adroitly pointed out in his 1983 smash "1999," "life is just a party and parties weren't meant to last." Four years earlier, artist S. Baker went a step further and explored the aftermath of a party out of bounds in the unheralded painting "Hungover." Baker's throbbing colors nail the topsy turvy pain that comes after imbibing beyond the point of reason the night before. The artist, a Boomer, had obviously lived it. I hope for Baker's sake that following 1979's excess came success, although I would be surprised if it were in the field of art. Hard to top the masterful insights of Hungover.

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