[alert_box type=”info”]John R. Lane is the Director of¬†Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and provided this introduction to the MoMA New Work 1988-89 exhibition catalogue.[/alert_box] Living on a cliff overlooking the Pacific since the early eighties amid the redwood forests and wildlife, Don Van Vliet has embraced painting with the same controlled passion that made him, as the avant-garde rock composer and performer Captain Beefheart, a cult figure of conspicuous influence and one of the genuine musical geniuses of the past twenty years. Self-trained as a painter and knowing relatively little about the history of art or the current scene, he is a modernist primitiveRead More →