Washington Post Review of "Kiss the Name of the Nine Muses Goodbye"

News Date 
Fri, 2012-09-14
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Tom Block and Micheline Klagsbrun:  

Kiss the Name of the 9 Muses Goodbye

Interspersed with Klagsbrun’s delicate and colorful pieces are Tom Block’s paintings, which are raw, streaky and black on white. These 10 mixed-media works (from a series of 80) portray archetypes the artist dubs “mystics.” Such portraits as “Bunny Mystic” and “Politician and Aide Mystic” (captured at “the quintessential Washington, D.C. cocktail party”) combine the childlike crudity of underground comics with the excitation of abstract expressionism. When Block calls these characters mystics, he doesn’t mean they’re serene.