Victoria Donahue, "Let The Viewer Beware," Exhibition Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30, 2012

Let the viewer beware
Supposedly the Vietnam War got Dick Morrill started painting politically charged images that for the New York artist confirmed his mission of questioning authority. He's been on that road ever since, producing complex narrative paintings about such subjects as Wall Street greed and the role of media in modern life. His larger-than-life portraits from the 1990s amplified that message while addressing the social/private self. Any doubts I had about such work before seeing it were dispelled by viewing Morrill's current traveling show "Narratives & Portraits" at Rosemont Colleges's Lawrence Gallery.

This work must be taken seriously; humanity is on the line. Colors, some bright, are more often harsh, menacing, and sensual. I think Morrill is telling us that unless art recovers its sts sense of the seriousness of what's human, and of its own dire condition, art will subside into irrelevance.

Review by Victoria Donahue





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