“PAINTING @ THE VERY EDGE OF ART,” an engaging exhibition at UConn’s Contemporary Art Galleries (CAG) on view through December 4, asks the seemingly perpetual question of what constitutes painting. The selected artists come up with compelling, idiosyncratic answers that curator Barry A. Rosenberg considers near the “edge” of the conventional art practice. For him, that word can have a number of meanings, but he is especially interested, conceptually, in the inventive and surprising use of materials and unexpected manipulation of the traditionally flat picture plane. Many of the artists in the show also propose challenging new definitions for painting that are rooted in process.
[Image at top: Installation view, “PAINTING @ THE VERY EDGE OF ART” at CAG, University of Connecticut.]
the so-called zombie formalists, giving painting for painting’s sake a
arts, ceramics, and design.
“PAINTING @ THE VERY EDGE OF ART,” including Julia Dault, Liza Lou, Jason Middlebrook, Donald Moffett, Dianna Molzan, Guillermo Pfaff, Zak Prekop, Cordy Ryman, and Mika Tajima. Curated by Barry Rosenberg. CAG, University of Connecticut Art Department, Storrs, CT. Through December 4, 2015.
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