Ideal2013After the revolutions — that sought to jettison tradition, dogma and truth, Modernity, with the likes of artist Piet Mondrian, thought that whatever truths endured were best communicated through pure science and pure art. Mondrian believed that “reality, at first incomprehensible, gradually reveals itself, by the mutual relations that are inherent in things.” For him a universal consciousness was the goal of purified art.

On this 224th anniversary of the beginning of the French Revolution, American artist Anthony Mastromatteo arrives with an oil painting “Ideal” (Lyons-Wier Gallery, NYC) that brings together Mondrian and SuperMan (c. 1941). The work connects the dots on the Modern project that has produced a world dominated by algorithms and egoism, where consciousness and being are ‘purified’ out.