About the Book
sublime. Or to be a bit more succinct, his work comes after and comments
on the long history of artists who have trafficked in ideas that are related to
sublimity and national identity. But of course, these definitions are not a given, which is
where Vinci’s art helps us to recalibrate how these ideas intersect, collide and push off
of one another over the course of the last few decades, and even the last few centuries.
Toward this end, we can say that Vinci’s art practice provides us with a window onto
three distinct mutations in what the sublime means with regard to our changing notions
of “Americanness”. The best way to understand these shifts, beyond assessing a series of
theoretical departures in Vinci’s own practice as an artist, is by situating these moments
alongside the three major definitions of the sublime provided for by Immanuel Kant,
Edmund Burke and Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe.
Mark Vinci is the recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. He’s been painting for over 40 years, the last 26 of those in Phoenix, Arizona. His work is shown in Los Angeles and Phoenix. Trained at Kutztown University, PA, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Vinci spent twenty years in the television graphics industry, working as a broadcast designer for news programming at CBS in New York, CNN in Atlanta, and ABC in Phoenix. He is the recipient of four Emmy’s for Broadcast News Graphics. Vinci was a two term board member of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and contributing artist to Phoenix Art Museum-Contemporary Forum.