• Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at The Whitney Museum

    Installation view of Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art
    Jan 27–May 14, 2017

    Drawn entirely from the Museum’s deep holdings of this period, this exhibition presents work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ross Bleckner, Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Terry Winters, alongside work by less-familiar artists such as Moira Dryer, Joyce Pensato, and Julia Wachtel. While considerable attention has been given to the decade through artists’ use of appropriated imagery and photographic sources, the exhibition examines this moment specifically through the lens of painting, considering the ways in which the medium was reinvigorated throughout the decade at a time when its relevance was fundamentally challenged. Against the backdrop of heightened recent interest in contemporary painting, the exhibition will explore the ways in which so many artists actively took up the medium in the 1980s through expressive figuration, conceptual practices, and painterly abstraction, often making work that was politically and socially engaged.

    Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s is organized by Jane Panetta, associate curator, with Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant.

     

    Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    Jan 27–May 14, 2017

     

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    Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988), “LNAPRK”, 1982. Acrylic, oil, oil stick, and marker on found paper on canvas and wood, with rope, 72 1/4 × 66 5/16 in. (183.5 × 168.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of June and Paul Schorr in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Whitney Museum of American Art 91.83 © 2016 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP,
    David Salle (b. 1952). Sextant in Dogtown, (1987). Oil and acrylic on canvas, 96 3/16 × 126 1/4 in. (244.3 × 320.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 88.8a-e. © David Salle, licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.
    Installation view of Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art
    Jan 27–May 14, 2017
    Installation view of Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s at the Whitney Museum of American Art
    Jan 27–May 14, 2017
    Eric Fischl (b. 1948), A Visit To / A Visit From / The Island, 1983. Oil on canvas, 84 × 168 in. (213.4 × 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Louis and Bessie Adler Foundation, Inc., Seymour M. Klein, President 83.17 a-b
    Julian Schnabel (b. 1951), Hope, 1982. Oil and velvet on velvet. 110 × 158 in. (279.4 × 401.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from an anonymous donor 82.13 © 2016 Julian Schnabel / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Julia Wachtel (b. 1956), Membership, 1984. Oil on canvas, 66 × 81 in. (167.6 × 205.7 cm) Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee 2016.114 © Julia Wachtel

     

     

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