The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol explores the transformation of abstract painting into one of the most dynamic platforms in contemporary art. A tradition that long has been seen as essentially reductive, monolithic, and doctrinaire, abstraction has become expansive, incorporating popular culture and current technology into its vocabulary. Recent abstract painting has opened up to encompass not only its own history, but other great artistic innovations of the early twentieth century, including collage, the readymade, and performance, reemerging as an arena where opposing concepts may invigorate each other.
This exhibition follows a chain of influence from Andy Warhol's abstract paintings to works by Christopher Wool, Rudolf Stingel, and a younger generation, residing primarily in New York and Los Angeles, who emerged from the mid-1990s to the present decade. Drawing on Warhol's use of mechanical techniques, as well as his embrace of chance imperfections resulting from a deliberately imprecise use of silkscreen printing,these artists are revitalizing the tradition of the New York School by engaging the intervening histories of Pop, Minimal, and Process art. Following Warhol's approach to abstraction, they are often embedding elements of popular culture into their works. No longer "pictures of nothing," their paintings address contemporary social and cultural issues in addition to engendering a dialogue with the dynamic history of abstraction.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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