Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8 pm
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the November 2016 presidential election changed the political landscape forever and touched every U.S. resident in every corner of the country. For The Painting Center’s annual juried exhibition, FIGHT OR FLIGHT, we asked artists how the turbulent political environment has affected their work. Did they become more politically active by fighting—protesting, calling representatives, writing letters or did they retreat into their studios to shut out the frenetic world? Or did they adopt some combination of both approaches?
Looking back to specific artists’ reactions to unsettled times, Picasso’s Guernica and Gerhard Richter’s cycle of paintings October 18,1977 are prime examples of artists channeling the political world into their work. While in contrast, Matisse created his joyful collaged paper cutouts for his Jazz series during World War II in France, and Jackson Pollock’s poured paintings were created in the 1950's during the McCarthy era. Creativity can feed off the inspiration of current events or a personal vision.
We received an outpouring of interesting and timely work, and it is our hope that this selection provides some insight into the psyches of artists responding to the times in which we live in 2017. This exhibition is in no way a comprehensive representation but rather a curated selection of work both political and apolitical. We hope that it provides a starting point for an important conversation.
The Other Art Fair
Following sixteen successful editions across the UK and Australia, The Other Art Fair makes it's debut in the creative heart of Brooklyn on June 1-4 2017, presenting 100 talented emerging artists to an audience of art buyers and enthusiasts. Each artist has been handpicked by a Selection Committee of art experts, so visitors can add to their collection with the confidence that they are buying from the very best and most promising emerging artists.
On These Walls, a display of contemporary painting, highlights the role furniture plays in our lives and our homes. “Artists have included furnishings in their work for years, but viewers often look only at the figures without examining the furnishings that reveal so much,” says exhibit curator, Carol Hill. “Imagine a favorite painting without the familiar chair or desk that makes it so memorable.” This exhibit prods viewers into taking another look at the environment of the painting."