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Where other pictorial languages have attempted to legitimize themselves through the mere formal "beauty" of the end result, through the lyricism of vision, or through the expression of a "freed subjectivity," Broto's painting is exempt of all rhetorical pretense and is full, at the same time, of an enormous symbolic force and of an extreme enunciative rigor--as much the fruit of his accumulated wealth of ideological questioning as of his structural dominion over the pictorial field.
under the pretense of a united war against terrorism.
Indiana characterizes his book as "fact-based, but with no pretense to journalistic `objectivity,'" intending to make Cunanan "palpable to the reader as a person.
Through his bold enlargement of the image and sly pretense to literalness, Close squared off with a generation of Minimalists.
Friedman's twist, here and throughout, lies in the diminutive scale of most of his works, which are both precious and all the funnier for their lack of pretense.
Rob DeBree of the Albany County Sheriff's Department said McKinney confessed that he and Henderson had lured Shepard from a bar on the pretense that they were gay.