FEBRUARY 10-MAY 6, 2001
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Exhibition
GALLERIES 1, 2, 3



   

"IF SOME PAINTING IS STILL TO COME, IF PAINTERS ARE STILL TO COME, THEY WILL NOT COME FROM WHERE WE EXPECT THEM TO."
--YVE-ALAIN BOIS, "PAINTING THE TASK OF MOURNING"

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.

Image
Margherita Manzelli
NOTTEM
2000


The artists in Painting at the Edge of the World demonstrate that a philosophy of painting is found today not only in the medium's traditional modes, but also in a photograph (Andreas Gursky), in a walk through a city (Francis Alÿs), in a club culture-inspired application of vinyl tape on the floor (Jim Lambie), or in paint applied directly to a wall (Richard Wright, Franz Ackermann). Figuration takes on many forms from strangely unsettling portraiture (Marlene Dumas, Margherita Manzelli) to the televisual (Eberhard Havekost) or the merging of art deco and the cybernetic (Haluk Akakçe). Abstraction is no longer the purely reductive act popularized by modernism but now begins to look like techno-organic topography (Udomsak Krisanamis), an explosion of cartoon iconography (Arturo Herrera), or a blurring of the geometry of architecture with flatness of the picture plane (Kevin Appel). In each case, painting's traditional function as a window on the world has been inverted.

Image
Laura Owens
UNTITLED
2000




The exhibition proposes a few historical markers, emphasizing artists who began in the 1960s to question the traditional modernist definitions of painting. Paul Thek and Hélio Oiticica, for example, operated against the grain of dominant modernist discourses, employing radical performative and experiential strategies in their work. Martin Kippenberger's cast rubber paintings, Mike Kelley's works investigating the underside of the American suburban experience, and Paul McCarthy's videos of his painting performances evidence a transitional moment between these early explorations into an extended philosophy of painting and those carried forward by younger artists working today. Engaging in a wide range of media, including works easily recognizable as paintings but also more conceptual practices based on sculpture, performance, photography, and film, this new generation of artists renegotiates both the fundamental nature and contemporary relevance of a philosophy of painting in a world that has been radically altered by the virulence of the electronic image.

FEATURED ARTISTS:
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


IN THE WALKER ART CENTER SHOPS
More than an exhibition catalogue, the publication Painting at the Edge of the World unites a wide range of critical texts that address the practice of painting in the contemporary global context from a diverse array of disciplines. Featuring essays by exhibition curator Douglas Fogle, Daniel Birnbaum, Midori Matsui, Jörg Heiser, Paulo Herkenhoff, Yve-Alain Bois, and Andrew Blauvelt, among others, the publication treats subjects as wide-ranging as the historical influences on new Japanese painting to the strategic similarities of painting and rock music in their struggle against obsolescence in the digital age. The catalogue includes selected artists' writings and biographies as well as full-color reproductions of work by the 30 artists included in the exhibition. Softcover: $29.95 ($26.96 Walker members).



RELATED EVENTS

FREE TOURS
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2001, 6 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


APRIL EVENTS

FREE TOURS
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2001, 6 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2001, 2 PM
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001, 6 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

WALKER AFTER HOURS: WHERE CONTINENTS COLLIDE
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2001, 5:30-9 PM
$14 ($7 WALKER MEMBERS)
Party around the world this month in celebration of the Walker's cutting-edge film series New Asian Currents and the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World.



MARCH EVENTS

FREE TOURS
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2001, 6 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2001, 2 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2001, 6 PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2001, 2 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2001, 6 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2001, 6 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

SUNDAY FUN: MASTER MARBLERS
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2001, 1-2:30 PM
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
Explore fantastic paintings and search for playful patterns in the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World. In the Art Lab, make your own marbled artwork using special paints and papers. Led by Allison Chapman of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.


FEBRUARY EVENTS

PREVIEW PARTY/WALKER AFTER HOURS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2001, 9 PM-12 MIDNIGHT
$14 ($7 WALKER MEMBERS)
Celebrate the exhibition opening with many of the 30 featured artists. Exercise your own prowess with the brush and canvas in the Art Lab. Enjoy the sounds of Chicago's TRS-80 in Gallery 8 Restaurant. And try out the Martini of the Month: The Brush Stroke.


OPENING-DAY PANEL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2001, 2 PM
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS)
Join Paulo Herkenhoff, Adjunct Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Jennifer Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Cruz; and Daniel Birnbaum, Director of the Städelschule Art Academy, Frankfurt, and its gallery, Portikus, as they discuss the plurality of painting practices at the beginning of this century. Moderated by exhibition curator Douglas Fogle.

TEACHER WORKSHOP
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2001, 4-6 PM
$8 ($6 WALKER MEMBERS; FREE FOR FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS)
The Walker invites educators to a special workshop and tour focusing on the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World. Participants will receive printed materials and slides that explore different approaches to painting and the relevance of global art in our contemporary world. Refreshments will be served. Purchase tickets in advance by calling the Walker box office at 612.375.7622 or by visiting www.walkerart.org/tickets/.

CLASS: COMPLEAT SCHOLAR
PAINTING OVER THE EDGE

WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 14, 21, AND 28, 2001, 6:30-8:30 PM
$72 ($64.80 WALKER MEMBERS AND SENIORS)
This class begins with a discussion of traditional ideas of painting and then explores ways in which contemporary artists from around the globe have stretched the definition beyond its literal and conceptual edges. Instructor: Diane Mullin. Offered as part of the University of Minnesota's Compleat Scholar Program.


FREE TOURS
PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2 PM
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2001, 6 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2001, 6 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

SUNDAY FUN
DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2001, 1-2:30 PM
Get inspired during a dynamic dance tour of the exhibition Painting at the Edge of the World led by dancer-choreographer Derek Phillips. After learning about the art of movement in faraway lands, put your creative energy into painting, using colorful acrylics on unlikely surfaces with artist Ta-Coumba Aiken.




PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE BETLACH FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE BUSH FOUNDATION, AMERICAN EXPRESS MINNESOTA PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAM, ROSINA LEE YUE AND BERT A. LIES, JR., JUMEX FOUNDATION, AND THE ELIZABETH FIRESTONE GRAHAM FOUNDATION. PROMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE.