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Lecture slides for MA Contemporary Art Theory and for MFA students at Edinburgh College of Art.

Lecture slides for MA Contemporary Art Theory and for MFA students at Edinburgh College of Art.

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  • Hyper realism vs cynical realism?
  • All the painters were involved in a process of self-mythologisation. The all got involved in film-making e.g. Search and Destroy by David Salle
  • TULIP MANIA??? While British house prices took six years to double at the start of this century, contemporary art managed it in just one, 2006-07. (Over the same period, old masters went up by just 7.6 per cent and British 17th to 19th century watercolours actually lost value.) Contemporary art in the emerging economies did even better. The value of its sales in China increased by 983 per cent in one year (2005-06). In Russia they rose 2,365 per cent in five years (2000-05), while its stock market increased by “only” about 300 per cent… The Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang saw his work appreciate 6,000 times, from $1,000 to $6m (1999-2008); work by the American artist Richard Prince went up 60 to 80 times (2003-2008). The German painter Anselm Reyle was unknown in 2003; you could have picked up one of his stripe paintings for €14,000. Now he has a studio with 60 assistants turning them out for about €200,000 each.”
  • "The freedom with which these artists mix classical and popular art-historical sources, kitsch and traditional images, archetypal and personal fantasies, constitutes a rejection of the concept of progress per se. . . . It would seem that, without a specific idea of progress toward a goal, the traditional means of valuing and validating works of art are useless. Bypassing the idea of progress implies an extraordinary freedom to do and to be whatever you want. In part, this is one of the most appealing aspects of "bad" painting - that the ideas of good and bad are flexible and subject to both the immediate and the larger context in which the work is seen." - "'Bad' Painting" catalogue.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzGWSl7iO7Y&feature=fvw
  • “ With the apparent resurgence of painting at the dawn of the new millennium, it has become clear that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Rather than presenting a conservative and nostalgic celebration of the tradition of painterly practice,  Painting at the Edge of the World  unites a wide range of global artists whose diversified styles address its continued relevance at the beginning of the new century. In light of Yve-Alain Bois' suggestion that any contemporary renewal of this medium will be found in unexpected places, the exhibition looks at these unlikely artists in unlikely places as it examines the multiple permutations of contemporary painting practice manifested across the globe. Clearly, this medium is no longer bound by the traditional categories of abstraction, figuration, portraiture, or landscape, or even by its conventional definition as paint on canvas.”
  • Walker Art Center FEBRUARY 10-MAY 6, 2001 PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD “ photograph (Andreas Gursky), a walk through a city (Francis Alÿs), club culture-inspired (Jim Lambie), applied directly to a wall (Richard Wright, Franz Ackermann). portraiture (Marlene Dumas, Margherita Manzelli) the televisual (Eberhard Havekost) merging of art deco and the cybernetic (Haluk Akakçe). Abstraction as techno-organic topography (Udomsak Krisanamis), cartoon iconography (Arturo Herrera), geometry of architecture with flatness of the picture plane (Kevin Appel).” Doctrine of pluralism – painting as a non-discipline. Painting is boundary-less… it can be anything….
  • Plenty of painting around that celebtrates sensuousness and sensuality, much of it is by women. This is very significant as painting was always held to be a very male domain and was largely abandoned by more radical feminists in the 70s for this reason.
  • What is my own personal bias here? I have curated shows that are grounded in expanded painting: Campbell’s Soup at GSA.
  • Worked with these artists: Viscocity of the medium, use of tableau constructions in both cases as well.
  • Nova Popularna LP In May 2003, artists Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska created Nova Popularna , a temporary illegal speakeasy/artist salon in Warsaw, Poland, where they held a series of concerts and events each week. This record is a document of that experience; it is a compilation of the bands that played there, and at the same time offers some visual artifacts in its cover art. The two women had designed the space's interior, and the entire bar is recreated in the pop-up miniature bar that opens from the record's gatefold sleeve (below). The music ranges from electro to prepared piano to cabaret vocals. Bands include: Donateller, Marcel Dutka, Mathilde Rosier, Bianca Glazebrook. Vinyl LP with full-color gatefold sleeve and pop-up centerfold.
  • Nova Popularna LP In May 2003, artists Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska created Nova Popularna , a temporary illegal speakeasy/artist salon in Warsaw, Poland, where they held a series of concerts and events each week. This record is a document of that experience; it is a compilation of the bands that played there, and at the same time offers some visual artifacts in its cover art. The two women had designed the space's interior, and the entire bar is recreated in the pop-up miniature bar that opens from the record's gatefold sleeve (below). The music ranges from electro to prepared piano to cabaret vocals. Bands include: Donateller, Marcel Dutka, Mathilde Rosier, Bianca Glazebrook. Vinyl LP with full-color gatefold sleeve and pop-up centerfold.
  • Painting as a ‘car crash’ – a happy (or perhaps not so happy) accident.
  • Claes Oldenberg ‘London Knees’ 1967 in foreground
  • Ellen Munro and Kate Owens both did painting, Kate went to do a Sculpture Masters at the RCA – I selected her for Becks Futures and for PILOT in London Ellen often facilitates participation based works Both were in Young Athenians in Athens Biennial 2007
  • Katie Orton did Sculpture Rabiya Choudhry did painting THIS IS BECAUSE THEIR PRACTICES ARE OFTEN CONCERNED WITH OR INFORMED BY COLLABORATION AND PARTICIPATION BY A DEEP INVOLVEMENT IN THE DIY ASPECTS OF THE ARTWORLD
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts Altered States of Paint 5 July 2008 - 7 September 2008 Applying Painting at the Edge of the World taxonomy: photograph (Till Gerhard ), a walk through a city (???????????????????), club culture-inspired (Neil Clements ), applied directly to a wall (Rabiya Choudhry ). portraiture (Jutta Koether; Rabiya Choudhry) the televisual (Andreas Dobler ) merging of art deco and the cybernetic (Andreas Dobler ). Abstraction as techno-organic topography (Angela de la Cruz), cartoon iconography (Jutta Koether; Rabiya Choudhry), geometry of architecture with flatness of the picture plane (Andreas Dobler ). Does this work?
  • I wrote a catalogue text for Open Eye Club

Postconceptual Painting Postconceptual Painting Presentation Transcript

  • Expanded Painting
  • ‘ Abstract’ Self-Critical Autonomous Unique Object ‘ Optical’ Representational Post-Critical Contingent ‘ Mass Customised’ Context Postconceptual Morris Louis Alpha-Theta , 1961 Acrylic resin on canvas, 104½ x 147½ inches Takashi Murakami Flower Ball 2005- Polymers, various dimensions
  • Art & Language Painting as a practice ? Painting as a tactic ? Painting as a strategy ?
  • Postconceptual Painting and its Legacies Painting genres provide the contexts and stimulus necessary for postconceptual practice. Major exhibitions initiating three major genres since the ’70s: Photorealism New Image Bad Painting Wim Delvoye Tatooed Pigs 2000
  • Photorealism Originates in 1968 Whitney show Twenty-two Realists Prominent figures of the ’60s and ’70s: Malcolm Morley Robert Bechtle > Chuck Close Richard Estes Audrey Flack Duane Hanson
  • Photo-Realism 1973: The Stuart M. Speiser Collection Defined Photorealism as follows: : 1. The Photo-Realist uses the camera and photograph to gather information. 2. The Photo-Realist uses a mechanical or semimechanical means to transfer the information to the canvas. 3. The Photo-Realist must have the technical ability to make the finished work appear photographic. 4. The artist must have exhibited work as a Photo-Realist by 1972 to be considered one of the central Photo-Realists. 5. The artist must have devoted at least five years to the development and exhibition of Photo-Realist work.
  • Alan Michael Cars and Houses (2008)
  • Audrey Flack Marilyn (Vanitas) 96"x96", 1977, Oil on Canvas Gerhard Richter Man Shot Down 2, 1988 Oil on Canvas
  • Fang Lijun, Series 2 No. 2 , (1991-1992) Chuck Close, Leslie/Fingerprint (1986)
  • New Image New Image Painting , Whitney, NYC (1978); A New Spirit in Painting (1981); Royal Academy, London Zeitgiest (1982); Martin Gropisu Bau, West Berlin
  • New Image as International Movement? USA - New Image (1978-) UK – ‘New Glasgow Boys’ ( New Image Glasgow 1985) Federal Republic of Germany - Neue Wilde (Late 1970s-) Italy – Transavantgardia (1976-_ Soviet Union - Sots Art / Apt Art (1972-1992) China – ’85 New Wave (1976-89)
  • David Salle My Subjectivity  1981 Julian Schnabel  Bob's World (1980) Oil, wax, bondo, ceramic plates and horns on wood and canvas
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  • Malcolm Morley, Farewell to Crete (1984)
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  • Adrian Wiszniewski Attack of a Right Wing Nature
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  • Innenraum (1981) Sulamith (1983) 
  • Achille Bonita Olivia Transavantgardia, Aperto ‘80 Bonita Achille Oliva, Flash Art, 7/80, "Transavantgardia" "The missing pride of the conceptual artist's work, the elitist behavior of the artist who was playing on the amazement of the public and on the element of surprise, are being replaced by the humility of creative, accessible, and real work. Art becomes again direct expression, leaving behind it the feeling of guilt for being permanent, which was a symptom of contact with the world. The artist becomes again maniacal and Mannerist in his own mania."
  • Sandro Chia Enzo Cucchi
  • Sots Art Apt art paintings in the Soviet Union Sots Art The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. 1986 Curated by Margarita Tupitsyn Ily Kabakov The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment , 1968-1996
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  • Alexander Kosolapov Gorby , 1989 Acrylic, silkscreen, canvas. 68x56 inches Alexander Kosolapov Malevich Country 1987 Oil, canvas. 70x54 inches
  • China post Mao-1989 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution China Avant-garde, National Gallery of Art in Beijing in 1989 marked end of the New Wave Currently being revisted in shows such as:
  • Warhol by Wang Guangyi Bloodline: Three comrades by Zhang Xiaogang
  • Bad Painting ‘ Bad’ is slang for ‘good’ Bad signifies an attitude towards painting…. Paul Thek (1985)
  • Bad Painting (New Museum, NYC 1/14/78 - 2/28/78 ) “ a rejection of the concept of progress per se. . . . freedom to do and to be whatever you want.." – "'Bad' Painting" catalogue. Asger Jorn Philip Guston
  • Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
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  • Glen O’Brien’s TV Party (1978-82) Co-hosted by Chris Stein (Blondie) and filmmaker Amos Poe on Manhattan public access television. In 1978, two revolutionary trends emerged in New York City, public access cable TV and punk rock. These two phenomena came together spectacularly in Glenn O'Brien's TV Party. O'Brien recruited his pal Chris Stein, the guitarist of Blondie, as his co-host, fellow Factory kid Walter Steding as leader of The TV Party Orchestra, and underground film director Amos Poe as director and the rest, as you'll see, was history. Hipsters tuned in to follow the antics of the TV Party gang and such guests as Iggy Pop, David Bowie, P-Funk's George Clinton, The Clash's Mick Jones, Kid Creole, Klaus Nomi, as well as performances from acts like Tuxedo Moon, the Brides of Funkenstein, Alex Chilton, and more http://www.tvparty.tv/                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Times Square Show,  1980.  In June 1980, more than a hundred artists installed their work in an empty massage parlor near Times Square. Organized by Colab, the  Times Square Show  included graffiti artists, feminist artists, political artists, Xerox artists, performance artists, and everyone in between.
  • "New York/New Wave" held at PS 1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources (1981).
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  • Basqiuat cover for K-Rob vs Rammellzzee (pictured right)
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  • Haring chalk drawing in NYC Transit Haring installation at at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery 1982
  • Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery, 1983
  • Kenny Scharf
  • Kenny Scharf at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery, SoHo, 1983
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  • Mark Kostabi – Name That Painting
  • John Kilduff - Let’s Paint TV
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  • Walker Art Center FEBRUARY 10-MAY 6, 2001 PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD “ Clearly, this medium is no longer bound by the traditional categories of abstraction, figuration, portraiture, or landscape, or even by its conventional definition as paint on canvas.” Paul Thek installation at Walker Art Center
  • FRANZ ACKERMANN - GERMANY PAUL McCARTHY - U.S. HALUK AKAKÇE - TURKEY/U.S. LUCY McKENZIE - SCOTLAND FRANCIS ALŸS - BELGIUM/MEXICO JULIE MEHRETU - ETHIOPIA/U.S. KEVIN APPEL - U.S. TAKASHI MURAKAMI - JAPAN MARCEL BROODTHAERS - BELGIUM NADER - IRAN/GERMANY JOHN CURRIN - U.S. CHRIS OFILI - ENGLAND MARLENE DUMAS - SOUTH AFRICA/ THE NETHERLANDS HÉLIO OITICICA - BRAZIL ANDREAS GURSKY - GERMANY LAURA OWENS - U.S. EBERHARD HAVEKOST - GERMANY MICHAEL RAEDECKER - THE NETHERLANDS/ENGLAND ARTURO HERRERA - VENEZUELA/U.S. THOMAS SCHEIBITZ - GERMANY MIKE KELLEY - U.S. THOMAS SCHÜTTE - GERMANY MARTIN KIPPENBERGER - GERMANY RUDOLF STINGEL - ITALY/U.S. UDOMSAK KRISANAMIS - THAILAND/U.S. HIROSHI SUGITO - JAPAN JIM LAMBIE - SCOTLAND PAUL THEK - U.S. MARGHERITA MANZELLI - ITALY RICHARD WRIGHT - SCOTLAND
  • Walker Art Center FEBRUARY 10-MAY 6, 2001 PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD “ photograph (Andreas Gursky), a walk through a city (Francis Alÿs), club culture-inspired (Jim Lambie), applied directly to a wall (Richard Wright, Franz Ackermann). portraiture (Marlene Dumas, Margherita Manzelli) the televisual (Eberhard Havekost) merging of art deco and the cybernetic (Haluk Akakçe). Abstraction as techno-organic topography (Udomsak Krisanamis), cartoon iconography (Arturo Herrera), geometry of architecture with flatness of the picture plane (Kevin Appel).” Doctrine of pluralism – painting as a non-discipline. Painting is boundary-less… it can be anything….
  • Raises a number of questions: How useful is this pluralism as a means to think about painting (or contemporary art)? Do painters have something in common simply because they paint? What about the particular sensuous, performative or theatrical qualities of the medium? What are the ‘limit conditions’ of the frame? Richard Wright Not titled, 2005 (Currently Turner Prize Nominee, eca Graduate)
  • Elizabeth Peyton Marlene Dumas
  • The Fabulous 5 (Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quinones), Campell’s Soup , photo by Martha Cooper 1979
  • Lucy McKenzie Lucy Stein
  • Lucy McKenzie and Paulina Olowska Nova Popularna LP Bar opened in Warsaw during May 2003,
  • Blood ‘n’ Feathers Jo Robertson and Lucy Stein at Collective Gallery
  • Lucy Stein with Rosie McGurn at Gimpel Fils, London, 2009
  • Lucy Stein (curator) Purpling at Gimpel Fils, London, 2009
  • Ellen Munro The Object Is Not Important As Long As There Is (2007) Embassy and Athens Biennial, 2007 Kate Owens Affair at Styles (pink & blue) (2008) Travelling Gallery, Frieze Art Fair and Zoo, 2009
  • Rabiya Choudhry Featured in Prague Biennale 2 Expanded Painting (selected by Neil Mulholland) (2005), Czech Republic. Katie Orton Waitress (2007) Generator Projects, Dundee. Represented in Saatchi Collection.
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts Altered States of Paint 5 July 2008 - 7 September 2008 Applying Painting at the Edge of the World taxonomy: photograph (Till Gerhard ), a walk through a city (???????????????????), club culture-inspired (Neil Clements ), applied directly to a wall (Rabiya Choudhry ). portraiture (Jutta Koether; Rabiya Choudhry) the televisual (Andreas Dobler ) merging of art deco and the cybernetic (Andreas Dobler ). Abstraction as techno-organic topography (Angela de la Cruz), cartoon iconography (Jutta Koether; Rabiya Choudhry), geometry of architecture with flatness of the picture plane (Andreas Dobler ). Does this work?
  • Altered States of Paint applied a more ideosyncratic approach; one based on observation of a shared haptic sensuousness. Paintings that are united by psychedelic content or psych ‘visonary’ approach. Painting is not boundary-less, it can be examined by comparing like-with-like...
  • Open Eye Club
  • Slides available at www.neilmulholland.co.uk Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK: Scotland License.