This time Malouf's title, notwithstanding the studied offhandedness
of its second word on the one hand, its Shakespearean allusion on the other, directs us to mental rather than physical space.
Previous late-Picasso projects have not focused directly on the dominance of the musketeer subject, whose ascendancy was reciprocal with an attitude about the making of paintings that synthesized many of his (and others') earlier discoveries but pushed even further toward an offhandedness
verging on the contemptuous--whether contempt for painting, for himself, his subjects, his audience, for the history he was so energetically attempting to both extend and overthrow, or for all of the above.
Neither of these assertions is very illuminating and their offhandedness
invites further speculation.
The stakes are dramatized by the fact that Smith's recent abstractions and his name paintings display a level of ambition and skill belying the apparent offhandedness
of his technique.
Here we find the pitch apparently aimed for: significance in offhandedness
, and vice versa.
("hipster abstraction" by Monique Prieto and ironic riffs on '50s Cosmopolitan magazine illustration by Karen Kilmnik, et al.