For artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Claude Viallat, Elizabeth Murray, Blinky Palermo, Rochelle Feinstein, and Michael Venezia, painting has arguably been about the object more than about the image, and in the past decade or so, a slew of artists working with found materials, furniture, lumber, and more have adopted a painting-as-object, amalgamated approach to art making. This year, museum curators have begun to take notice.
At the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, curators Dina Deitsch and Evan Garza have organized "PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher," an exuberant exhibition that focuses on work merging painting, sculptural form, video, performance, and installation strategies. The curators selected artists who are exploring materiality, context and space--physical, social, political, or emotional. I wish Clement Greenberg, the art critic who championed color and flatness in the 1940s, could see the show. I wonder why painters were so intrigued with Greenberg's notion of medium specificity back in the day?
Looking at the work in this show, though, a better title might be "Things with Paint." Do these artists identify as painters or do they just happen to use paint in these particular pieces? Does it matter?
Artists in "PAINT THING" include Claire Ashley, Katie Bell, Sarah Braman, Sarah Cain, Alex Da Corte, Cheryl Donegan, Franklin Evans, Kate Gilmore, Alex Hubbard, James Hyde, Sean Kennedy, Wilson Lawrence, Steve Locke, Analia Saban, Allison Schulnik, Jessica Stockholder, Mika Tajima, and Summer Wheat.
"PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher," curated by Dina Deitsch and Evan Garza. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. Through April 21, 2013. A catalogue with essays by both curators is now available.
Photos by Clements Photography & Design, Boston, unless otherwise specified. Courtesy of the deCordova.
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