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What's at Stake for Abstract Painting Today – and Where Do We Go from Here?

Dialogue and Discourse

What's at Stake for Abstract Painting Today – and Where Do We Go from Here? Dialogue and Discourse | Events Calendar
Installation view of work by Joanne Greenbaum on view at Rachel Uffner Gallery.


Moderated by Bob Nickas, featuring Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney

Upper E Side

The Jewish Museum | Scheuer Auditorium

Why, at a time when there is greater interest in abstraction, is so much art seemingly unconcerned with evolving the visual landscape? And why is so much of it embraced by collectors, and not by critics and curators? Perhaps one question answers the other. This panel considers: What's at stake for abstract painting today.

When much of what we see today is not actually painted, claims to be conceptual, borders on design, lends itself eagerly to branding, and provides an inoffensive backdrop to an endless succession of art fairs and auctions – self-satisfied in its being “emptied” of meaning – we can be certain that there is nothing in any way abstract about this recent turn of events.

Moderated by critic and curator Bob Nickas, and featuring artists Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney.

Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission