The exhibition is organized on the tenth anniversary of the show Painting: Now and Forever, Part I, held at the Pat Hearn Gallery and Matthew Marks Gallery.
"The exhibition is organized on the tenth anniversary of the show Painting: Now and Forever, Part I, held at the Pat Hearn Gallery and Matthew Marks Gallery.Wojciech Fangor
That exhibition was a highly subjective, celebratory survey of contemporary painting, and it is in this spirit that the current show has been organized. The artists included in the 1998 exhibition were Franz Ackermann, Diti Almog, John Armleder, Michael Bevilacqua, Ashley Bickerton, Robin Bruch, Peter Cain, Casey Cook, George Condo, Pat de Groot, Carroll Dunham, Jeff Elrod, Paul Feeley, Bernard Frize, Maureen Gallace, Joanne Greenbaum, Peter Halley, Mary Heilmann, Gary Hume, Jacqueline Humphries, Jutta Koether, Yayoi Kusama, Sherrie Levine, Brice Marden, Helen Marden, Keith Mayerson, John Miller, Elizabeth Murray, Kenneth Noland, Jack Pierson, Sigmar Polke, Larry Poons, Monique Prieto, Richard Prince, Blake Rayne, Matthew Ritchie, Lisa Ruyter, Suzy Spence, Sturtevant, Philip Taaffe, Luc Tuymans, Andy Warhol, John Wesley, Sue Williams, and Terry Winters.
It was decided that none of the artists who exhibited in Part I should be included in Part II with one exception. As one of the Pat Hearn Gallery's original artists, Mary Heilmann exemplifies both the vital spirit of that gallery, as well as the continuing relevance of painting as a contemporary practice.
The artists in the current show are Kai Althoff, Cosima von Bonin, Merlin Carpenter, Mathew Cerletty, Wojciech Fangor, Katharina Fritsch, Gelitin, Isa Genzken, Poul Gernes, Daan van Golden, Jack Goldstein, Rodney Graham, Wade Guyton, Richard Hawkins, Mary Heilmann, Sophie von Hellermann, Charline von Heyl, Ull Hohn, Sergej Jensen, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Karen Kilimnik, Martin Kippenberger, Michael Krebber, William Leavitt, Michel Majerus, Bjarne Melgaard, Laura Owens, Blinky Palermo, Stephen Prina, R.H. Quaytman, Ugo Rondinone, Paul Sharits, Josh Smith, Reena Spaulings, Lily van der Stokker, Atsuko Tanaka, Paul Thek, Anne Truitt, Kelley Walker, Christopher Wool, and Katharina Wulff."
(born 1922) was awarded an arts degree and diploma by the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
in 1946. He was involved in the Socialist Realist current and created numerous Socialist Realist paintings (including Matka Koreanka / Korean Mother, Postacie / Figures) and posters. In the second half of the 1950s he began producing abstract paintings and became fascinated with the spatial relationships between them. His exhibition titled Studium przestrzeni / A Study of Space at the Salon "Nowej Kultury" / "New Culture" Salon in Warsaw (1958) was composed of twenty "optical" paintings of various formats arranged irregularly in the gallery. It proved a sensation, was dubbed an important artistic event, and is now considered to have been the first artistic "environment" ever created in Poland. In 1966 the artist immigrated to the United States. He became a leading representative of the up-and-coming Op-art movement. In his work he focused on issues of color and light. Showing light, its spectrum, the chromatic effects of its separation became Fangor's primary aim in his paintings. He produced canvasses composed of colored circles and waves. With pulsating, vibrating contours, his forms generated an impression of movement and various optical illusions. The artist exhibited at some of the world's most famous and prestigious galleries and museums and lectured at a number of notable American universities and colleges. Fangor remains the only Polish artist to have had an individual exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the 1970s the artist reverted to figurative art; however, space continues to play the primary role in his art. The faces and figures that appear in the artist's canvasses generate a singular emotional space. Fangor is interested in the mass media and the television image inspires much of his work. He has created a series of seemingly realistic images built of small dots that imitate electronic pixels. He is the author of numerous spatial arrangements as well as architectural and scenery designs. In 1989 Wojciech Fangor granted one hundred nine of his works to the Polish state (they were incorporated into the contemporary art collection of the Jacek Malczewski Museum in Radom). Ten years later the artist returned to Poland. He lives and works in an old mill he renovated himself, located in the town of Bledow, midway between Warsaw and Radom.
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