The Skin of Painting

October 26, 2013 to February 1, 2014
James Bishop, Antonio Calderara, Joseph Egan, Richard Francisco, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack-Mangold, Jerry Zeniuk, Sol LeWitt

Placing the paintings of this exhibition in a context of correlations and references would belie the intention of the exhibition, which also informs the decision to forego a list of artists. The exhibition title draws attention to the fact that overlooking is a factor of looking and seeing, that what is actually there often fails to get a word in edgewise and the interpretation sets in on a level that invisibilizes the experiencable presence of the painterly properties of the artifact through disregard and non-observance, unless the color matter blaringly calls attention to itself.

With its featured works, however, our exhibition by no means intends to illustrate the superficial orchestration of color and application of paint, or even the process of painting. The much more mysterious epidermis, the boundary between body and world, is the aim. A curious corporeal analogism has accompanied the Western painterly tradition as the skin of painting, traces of which remain evident up to the present. The surfaces of paintings embody division and unity of touch and untouchability, of the intelligible and the sensible, of intellect and sensuality. These contrasts mirror an overpowering topos of the dualistic tradition of Western philosophy, namely the opposition of intellect and sensuality.

The diverse properties of pictorial surfaces lent these expressive power and intrinsic value from the nineteenth century up through the modernist era. The closure or openness, brittleness or suppleness, transparency or density of the painted surfaces are an important and integrated element of the aesthetic function (Jan MukaÅ?ovský) and the perceptual structure offered by the works.

Around 1960, a moderate foreboding of a radical change in image production began to become evident. The silkscreen was still utilized by a number of artists in the context of painterly diction. With the use of photographic techniques in the production of artifacts and later with the application of digital technologies, the paintings have increasingly lost their discrete and self-accordant skin. This dramatic loss of essence and presence of the artifact moreover leads to a disregard of a quality which nothing else has managed to outweigh and yet is nevertheless classified in the current art discourse as an anachronistic remnant and scarcely given any consideration.

The paintings in our exhibition show that any talk of an obituary for an outmoded cultural good which has lost its raison d’être is much too premature. The conveyance of the value and comprehensibility of our theme can hardly be overestimated, as the body of paintings from throughout art history does not consist of immaterial signs and signals, but of “aesthetic objects which become concrete and undergo their individual realization in the consciousness of the receiving subject.” (Jan MukaÅ?ovský)

Installation views

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 4

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 1

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 2

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 2

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 2

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 3

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 3

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 3

 				James Bishop,  				Antonio Calderara,  				Joseph Egan,  				Richard Francisco,  				Robert Mangold,  				Sylvia Plimack-Mangold,  				Jerry Zeniuk,  				Sol LeWitt, The Skin of Painting

Installation view room 4

Works

James Bishop / James Bishop  Untitled  2007  20.1 x 20.3 cm oil and crayon on paper

James Bishop
Untitled

2007
20.1 x 20.3 cm
oil and crayon on paper

James Bishop / James Bishop Untitled  ca. 1970 11.2 x 15.3 cm oil and crayon on paper

James Bishop
Untitled

ca. 1970
11.2 x 15.3 cm
oil and crayon on paper

James Bishop / James Bishop State  1972  182.7 x 183 cm oil on canvas

James Bishop
State

1972
182.7 x 183 cm
oil on canvas

James Bishop / James Bishop State  1972  182.7 x 183 cm oil on canvas

James Bishop
State

1972
182.7 x 183 cm
oil on canvas

James Bishop / James Bishop Untitled (Bank)  1974  195 x 195 cm   oil on canvas

James Bishop
Untitled (Bank)

1974
195 x 195 cm 
oil on canvas

James Bishop / James Bishop Untitled (Bank)  1974  195 x 195 cm   oil on canvas

James Bishop
Untitled (Bank)

1974
195 x 195 cm 
oil on canvas

Antonio Calderara / Antonio Calderara  Romantica (La Sposa)  1958  35 x 27 cm Oel auf Holztafel

Antonio Calderara
Romantica (La Sposa)

1958
35 x 27 cm
Oel auf Holztafel

Joseph Egan / Joseph Egan  man in the moon  2013  20 x 20 x 1 cm various paints on canvasboard

Joseph Egan
man in the moon

2013
20 x 20 x 1 cm
various paints on canvasboard

Joseph Egan / Joseph Egan  on Hydra (Nr. 3)  2013  49 x 41 x 1 cm various paints on canvas with wood supports

Joseph Egan
on Hydra (Nr. 3)

2013
49 x 41 x 1 cm
various paints on canvas with wood supports

Joseph Egan / Joseph Egan a little farther  2012  50 x 24 x 7 cm painted wood and various paints and sand on panel

Joseph Egan
a little farther

2012
50 x 24 x 7 cm
painted wood and various paints and sand on panel

Richard Francisco / Richard Francisco Applauding Shrimp #2  1980 Enamel, acrylic and gouache on wood construction 48.9 x 35.6 x 5.1 cm

Richard Francisco
Applauding Shrimp #2

1980
Enamel, acrylic and gouache on wood construction
48.9 x 35.6 x 5.1 cm

Robert Mangold / Robert Ryman Untitled  1969  50.8 x 50.8 cm Acrylic polymer on fiberglass mounted on featherboard

Robert Ryman
Untitled

1969
50.8 x 50.8 cm
Acrylic polymer on fiberglass mounted on featherboard

Robert Mangold / Robert Mangold  Column Structure XXIIIA  2008  228 x 91.5 cm acrylic and pencil on canvas

Robert Mangold
Column Structure XXIIIA

2008
228 x 91.5 cm
acrylic and pencil on canvas

Robert Mangold / Robert Mangold  Column Structure XXIIIA  2008  228 x 91.5 cm acrylic and pencil on canvas

Robert Mangold
Column Structure XXIIIA

2008
228 x 91.5 cm
acrylic and pencil on canvas

Sylvia Plimack-Mangold / Sylvia Plimack Mangold Summer Maple 2009  2009  62.2 x 122 cm Oil on linen

Sylvia Plimack Mangold
Summer Maple 2009

2009
62.2 x 122 cm
Oil on linen

Sylvia Plimack-Mangold / Sylvia Plimack Mangold The Locust Trees  1988  152.4 x 203.2 cm   oil on linen

Sylvia Plimack Mangold
The Locust Trees

1988
152.4 x 203.2 cm 
oil on linen

Sylvia Plimack-Mangold / Sylvia Plimack Mangold The Locust Trees  1988  152.4 x 203.2 cm   oil on linen

Sylvia Plimack Mangold
The Locust Trees

1988
152.4 x 203.2 cm 
oil on linen

Jerry Zeniuk / Jerry Zeniuk Untitled Nr. 115 NYC  1987/1988  170 x 193 cm Oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk
Untitled Nr. 115 NYC

1987/1988
170 x 193 cm
Oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk / Jerry Zeniuk Untitled Nr. 115 NYC  1987/1988  170 x 193 cm Oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk
Untitled Nr. 115 NYC

1987/1988
170 x 193 cm
Oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk / Jerry Zeniuk Untitled Nr. 247  2002  160 x 152 cm oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk
Untitled Nr. 247

2002
160 x 152 cm
oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk / Jerry Zeniuk Untitled Nr. 247  2002  160 x 152 cm oil on canvas

Jerry Zeniuk
Untitled Nr. 247

2002
160 x 152 cm
oil on canvas

Sol LeWitt / Sol LeWitt Tilted Form with color ink washes superimposed  1987 Wall Drawing #524 Drawn by Nicolai Angelov Photo: Thomas Cugini, Zürich

Sol LeWitt
Tilted Form with color ink washes superimposed

1987
Wall Drawing #524

Drawn by Nicolai Angelov
Photo: Thomas Cugini, Zürich