Innovations in Painting: Selections from the Collection

  • Oct 25, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Willem de Kooning, "Woman", 1949-50, oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 46 in. Lena
Kernodle McDuffie memorial purchase, 1954.

Whether illustrating new perspectives on traditional motifs, experimenting with abstraction, or employing innovative techniques, the artists featured in this exhibition have pushed the limits and ideas about paint and painting to create groundbreaking, original work. The exhibition starts with Willem de Kooning’s Woman, in which the artist experimented with abstracted form and vigorous applications of paint. Similarly, Ralph Humphrey and Scott Ritcher’s highly impastoed surfaces suggest the process and materiality of painting as does Linda Besemer’s folded, textile-like example.

In contrast, Tom LaDuke culled images from popular culture and art history to create a complexly layered work while Creighton Michael employed a web of swirling lines. Their paintings explore the visual tension that results from the contrasting flatness and illusion of space residing within the pictorial planes. Even works that appear unassuming at first glance, such as Harriet Korman’s Untitled or Robert Indiana’s Route 66, have added vastly to the ever-evolving language of painting.

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