Yesterday I had some time to spare so I decided to go to the exhibition Painting after postmodernism. Postmodernism and everything after that isn’t really my area of expertise. This exhibition is the perfect way to expand my knowledge bit by bit.
There’s work present of 8 American and 8 Belgian artists. None of which I heard of before, but I am glad I do know. My visit was very interesting because I got a private tour of Axelle Ringoet. A name you should remember, she’s a fellow art student and has some amazing work.
Back to the exhibition, I didn’t (still don’t really) know much about abstract art but I went with an open mind. The first four floors were the ones that spoke to me the most. I included the pieces that caught my attention and are, for me personally, worth sharing.
The exhibition isn’t fully focussed on abstract art alone, the main goal was to refute the statement of Marcel Duchamp who declared that painting was dead in 1918.
It’s based on the vision of Clement Greenberg, who says that paintings needed to have a sense of optically. He pleaded for abstract art. Which is what I didn’t get in this exhibition, on the top two floors there were clearly figurative paintings present. Did the curator want to create a sort of timeline in which the exhibition starts with the abstract art but evolves into the figurative painting again?
Let’s start looking at the monumental pieces.
Larry Poons work was a great opening for the exhibition, I was really impressed by the monumental, centralplaced piece that represented the exhibition. The optical aspect in his work was very clear, the paintings became sculptural with the amount of paint that he used. As with the other material, such as plastic bags or mousse of some kind.
Walter Darby Bannard
Walter Darby Bannard was the first artist on the first floor. I was very impressed by his work, The green work attracted my eye the most. I wasn’t that into his last pieces, the colourful ones, but I liked the transformation and experiments he puts in his work. I’ll let you decide for yourself through these photos.
Bart Vandevijvere was by far my favourite artist in the whole exhibition. I am a sucker for the geometrical pieces and the one tone areas.
This is Axelle, my personal guide of the exhibition.
Martin Kline was an American soldier and the gouvernment encouraged the cultural world to bloom. That’s when Martin began to paint. His material is very perculiar, he uses beewax. It’s one of the artist that lets the canvas be a part of the final piece. I really liked the first pieces they showed, but I wasn’t a fan of the next sections. It felt a bit decorative and wasn’t esthetically appealing to me.
It looks like Paul Manes sees everything through a net. The second photo shows a piece which reminded me of someone looking at a piece by Cy Twombly through a net. The next photo reminded me of a piece by Gerard Richter seen the same way. I was very fascinated by his work.
Melissa Kretschmer was the first woman that popped up in the exhibition and I was very impressed by her sculptural paintings. She uses wood and paint to create her pieces. Every overall piece is constructed out of different panels.
And to end this post on a high note, with the work of Karen Gunderson. This piece (seen in three pictures) comes to life as you move along. It’s painted with oil paint and I suppose it shows the sea. It seems like the waves are in full movement as you walk along.
You still have time to visit this exhibition curated by Barbare Rose, in collaboration with Roberto Pollo Gallery. It ends on the 13th of november, so hurry up! Head on over to their website for more info.