Artnet: Say Less and Say Yes:
"Provoke thought and your work will be bought."
-- Mark Kostabi
Art history and references abound in Kostabi’s iconography, as can be seen in one of the show’s more amusing paintings, Suicide by Modernism (2005), which was titled by the brilliant writer and critic Gary Indiana. A guy is hanging himself from the arm of a Calder mobile that has as a counterweight several artworks that are literally light but metaphorically "heavy" -- a Picasso, a Warhol, a Duchamp. "The weight of art history can depress as well as inspire," Kostabi notes.