Hales Gallery is pleased to announce Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s, including work by Frank Bowling, curated by David Breslin at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
This exhibition gathers paintings from the 1960s and early 1970s that inventively use bold, saturated, and even hallucinatory color to activate perception. During this period, many artists adopted acrylic paint—a newly available, plastic-based medium—and explored its expansive technical possibilities and wider range of hues. Color Field painters poured paint and stained unprimed canvas, dramatizing painting’s materiality and visual force. Painters associated with Op art deployed pattern, geometric arrangement, and intense color combinations to emphasize that vision is a commingling of physical response and unconscious association. At the same historical moment, an emerging generation of artists of color and women explored color’s capacity to articulate new questions about perception, specifically its relation to race, gender, and the coding of space. The exhibition looks to the divergent ways color can be equally a formal problem and a political statement.
Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St
29 March 2019 – Summer 2019
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