Lilly Lampe compares two exhibitions of contemporary painting: Painters Panting, recently on view at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, on view through September 27, 2013.
Lampe concludes: "These exhibitions and their ilk call attention to the insecurities of painting by their very nature, but in their execution declare the evolution of painting more than a primacy of painting’s original existence. Essentially, painting’s influence is felt strongly, even if what purists would call painting has changed radically. But painting is always changing, and every shift has instigated a call for its death. The moves made by the Impressionists, Modernists, Abstract Expressionists, and so on and so forth, sounded like death knolls to their detractors, but made painting all the more relevant. Enough with the preemptive eulogies and defensive exhibitions; painting exists, and it’s good. The trick is to show it in a framework that’s more self-aware than self-obsessed."
Photo blog of the exhibition Wassup Painters, curated by Pavan Segal, at Anat Egbi Gallery, Los Angeles, on view through July 20, 2013. The show features works by Kerstin Brätsch, Paul Cowan, Cynthia Daignault, Liam Everett, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung.
The press release notes that the show features "contemporary artists who approach painting through the use of nontraditional materials and innovative processes as a way of exploring new conceptual ground. Painting as a medium has a long and rich history and recent trends have focused on exploring and reinterpreting what has come before. In some contrast to this, Wassup Painters highlights artistic practices that push the possibilities of the medium into unexpected realms, blurring the boundaries between painting and other forms of object making."
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her work in a new video produced by the Walker Art Center on the occasion of the exhibition Painter Painter at the Walker, on view through October 27, 2013.
Zuckerman-Hartung comments: "Deconstructed painting would be the best possible term for it. That implies how it's operating for me and how I'm thinking about it. It's hard to stay within the rectangle and so it's always this getting outside of it and then getting back into it again, is part of the pressure for me, and I like that pressure. I'm pressing myself up against a lot of walls, that would be the intellectual foundation, if you will - watching the bottom fall out from every critical position I try to take."
Julie Caniglia interviews Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan, co-curators of the exhibition Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, on view from February 2–October 27, 2013.
Crosby comments that there is "something about the resolute materiality of painting that continues to attract artists. These are objects that follow deeply subjective and individual ways of thinking, as expressed through specific materials. In this show you will see works that are stained, collaged, sprayed, cut up, stitched, assembled, glued, smeared, rubbed, and so on— some works are years in the making. Painting offers a frame for contact with this very physical presence. It’s a vivid contrast with our daily routine, where we experience so many images by using a cursor, linking to them, altering them, navigating away from them. Painting resists this kind of experience. A lot of artists today embrace that notion to an extreme. They go where the materials take them, not where the history of painting tells them to go. "
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.