Patrick Neal reports on the recent panel discussion Painting Matters Now: A Conversation moderated by Nancy Grimes, held at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Panelists included Greg Drasler, Laurie Fendrich, John Dubrow, Mario Naves, and Peter Plagens.
Neal writes that Grimes "explained this panel had come out of 'conversations I had with colleagues about the state of painting,' in which they asked each other 'Why are young artists choosing to paint, despite attempts to drive a stake through painting? Why does one medium attract so much malice, particularly in the academy?' The focus of this panel was thus on 'What matters with painting now and why?'
Fendrich writes that "All serious painters, no matter the quality of their work, inevitably end up with a mature style. Although my compositions and colors change from one picture to the next, they don’t change so dramatically that they no longer resemble one another. You could say that my paintings resemble one another in the way that children in a given family, even when they have different heights, hair color and eye color, all manage to look as if they are related."
Robert C. Morgan notes a re-emergence of hard-edge abstract painting. "Based on a few recent exhibitions in New York," he writes, "it would appear that traces of both the large and the modest variety of this hard-edge approach to painting are reappearing in a variety of forms." Morgan looks at work from artists such as Harvey Quaytman, Charles Hinman, Tadasky, and Laurie Fendrich among others.
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