In Smithsonian Magazine, Paul Trachtman looks at contemporary painting and reports a renewed belief in the medium. “In recent years, a number of painters have begun reaching back to the roots of modern art to find new modes of expression. They are mixing the human figure and other recognizable forms with elements of abstraction and ambiguous narrative in ways not seen before.” Of course, as painters already know, painting wasn’t dead. Galleries simply moved the paintings into the backroom, turned out the lights, and turned on the projectors. Now that the lights are on and painting is in the front room again, more people are talking about it. Peter Doig, Dana Schutz, Neo Rauch, Barnaby Furnas, Katherine Lee, and Elizabeth Neel are credited with helping bring canvas out of storage. Read more.
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