Contemporary Painting and Global Realism
Curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto
Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art
9.4 - 24.9.2006
List of artists:
Franz ACKERMANN, Alessandra ARIATTI, assume vivid astro focus, Janis AVOTINS, Robert BECHTLE, Avner BEN GAL, Glenn BROWN, Maurizio CATTELAN, Jake & Dinos CHAPMAN, Dan COLEN, George CONDO, Enrico DAVID, Bart DOMBURG, Marlene DUMAS, Etta ETROG, Urs FISCHER, FISCHLI & WEISS, Ellen GALLAGHER, Felix GMELIN, Trenton Doyle HANCOCK, Mary HEILMANN, Thomas HIRSCHHORN, Damien HIRST, Choi HOCHUL, Matthew Day JACKSON, Piotr JANAS, Sergej JENSEN, JI Wenyu, Mike KELLEY, Jeff KOONS, Udomsak KRISANAMIS, Dinh Q. LE, Loretta LUX, Paul McCARTHY, Takashi MURAKAMI, Wangechi MUTU, Chris OFILI, Gabriel OROZCO, Alessandro PESSOLI, Lari PITTMAN, Magnus von PLESSEN, Monique PRIETO, Richard PRINCE, Neo RAUCH, Anri SALA, Wilhelm SASNAL, Thomas SCHEIBITZ, Shirana SHAHBAZI, Rudolf STINGEL, Thaddeus STRODE, Hiroshi SUGIMOTO, Eve SUSSMAN, Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA, Rosemarie TROCKEL, Luc TUYMANS, Piotr UKLANSKI, Kelley WALKER, Andro WEKUA, ZHANG Enli, ZHOU Tiehai, Konstantin ZVEZDOCHETOV
Not only paintings.
Infinite Painting is a unique and spectacular exhibition on painting.
The show focuses on painting from the 90s until today, from the figurative to the abstract, from the canvas to the mural, presenting an overview of the contemporary scene with recent and new works as well as, in some cases, works specifically realised for this exhibition.
Through the masterpieces of 61 artists from 22 countries, Infinite Painting tackles this medium in its complexity, also through sculpture, video and photography that with painting establish a dialogue and a relationship.
Jeff Koons, Piotr Uklanski, Urs Fischer, Paul McCarthy, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami and many other international artists contribute to this large exhibition which intends to examine contemporary painting as an idea more than a technique, reflecting upon its function in our times.
The works reveal a vision of today’s reality in the different approaches to painting: from the large abstract murals of Franz Ackermann to the more intimate contemplations of Marlene Dumas and Luc Tuymans, from the self-portrait of Rudolf Stingel to the abstraction of Piotr Janas and Mary Heilmann, the pictorial language is introduced as a pathway made of many roads intertwined with life and the world.
The artists also reflect upon their role as Maurizio Cattelan, who revisits with irony Lucio Fontana’s conquest of space, or Thomas Hirschhorn who restores the importance of the invisible images in an age of mediatic over-exposure.
The works in the exhibition present a personal interpretation on painting today. Video, sculpture, digital print and photography dialogue with more traditional expressions as canvas, etchings and embroidered textiles.
Artists such as Wangheci Mutu, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Felix Gmelin and the brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman translate the contemporary world by passing through art history and then altering it. The portraits of Din Q. Le and the desolate Russian lands of Konstantin Zvezdochetov describe distant and different places which are now universally recognized.
Infinite Painting during the age of Global Realism, a term coined to reflect today’s vision of reality and how the real is influenced by a world universally shared.
‘Infinite’ painting, understood as mirror of a single reality and vision of a contemporary condition which, for good or for worse, is globalised and massified but yet fully open and, always, truly free.
Press Office _ Antonella Torriglia
Villa Manin Centro d’Arte Contemporanea
Piazza Manin 10, Passariano - 33033 Codroipo, Italy
Tel. +39 0432 906509 - Fax +39 0432 908387
Mob. +39 347 9439434