The Painted World

Oct 23, 2005–Mar 13, 2006


P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents The Painted World, an exhibition featuring work by twenty-three painters for whom abstraction offers a means to convey a world of their own making. The intergenerational roster of artists makes significant connections clear between abstract painters working from the 1950s to today. This exhibition is on view from October 23, 2005 through March 13, 2006.

The painters in this exhibition may appear less concerned with how the world looks than with how the world feels. They offer a sensual feeling for space, referring to organic and natural forms, architecture, movement, and perception. The artists also make us aware of the space in the room around us, and of our own presence.

The Painted World includes paintings by important historical figures such as Paul Feeley (1910-1966), Yayoi Kusama, and Myron Stout (1908-1987); Moira Dryer (1957-1992) and Steven Parrino (1958-2005), two influential artists whose lives were cut short; and younger artists who are seriously pursuing abstraction, such as Mark Grotjahn and Ann Pibal. Alex Hay, an artist best known for his paintings of the 1960s, and who after a long hiatus began to exhibit his work again in the last two years, will be represented by a painting shown for the first time entitled Old Green 05. New works are being made for the exhibition by Philip Taaffe and Dan Walsh, while Alex Kwartler will create a site-specific wall work and painting installation. Other artists in The Painted World include: Wayne Gonzales, Mark Grotjahn, Joanne Greenbaum, Mary Heilmann, Cannon Hudson, Lucas Kelly, Bill Komoski, Chris Martin, Olivier Mosset, Michael Scott, John Tremblay, Alan Uglow, and Chuck Webster.

This exhibition is curated by P.S.1 Curatorial Adviser Bob Nickas.

The Painted World is supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Exhibitions at P.S.1 are made possible by the Annual Exhibition Fund with support from Peter Norton and the Peter Norton Family Foundation, Christopher Daly, Brandon Paul Coburn, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.



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