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Pulling at Polarities

10 May - 16 June 2012
Louise Nevelson, Untitled, circa 1960s, Painted wood, 14 3/8 (H) x 14 1/2 (W) x 3 1/8 (D) inches
Louise Nevelson, Untitled, circa 1960s, Painted wood, 14 3/8 (H) x 14 1/2 (W) x 3 1/8 (D) inches

When artists pull at polarities, they activate the pictorial surface, reshaping the creative process.

When artists pull at polarities, they activate the pictorial surface, reshaping the creative process. The push and pull between the polarizing optics of black and white, the dichotomy between active gesture and flat ground, and the explicit contrast between tactile surfaces and crystalline flatness are hallmarks of much postwar and contemporary art. The tension that arises from this interplay carries the work to new realms. Exemplified by the paintings in this exhibition, these seemingly opposing aesthetic approaches, rather than working against each other, act in concert to energize the art of painting. 

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