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Published on Jun 25, 2016
Video Link: https://youtu.be/LgNZeakr1X4 Artist: M a r y A n n Ai t k e n | J a s o n B e r e s w i l l | M a t h e w C e r l e t t y | R a c k s t r a w D o w n e s | R i c h a r d E s t e s | F LA M E | Ul l H o h n | Al e x K a t z | J o h n K e l s e y | J o h n M a r i n | K e i t h M a y e r s o n | J o h n M i l l e r | J e a n e t t e M u n d t | S y l v i a P l i m a c k M a n g o l d | N o l a n S i m o n | P a u l T h e k | B e t t y T o mp k i n s Exhibition Title: Landscapes Exhibition Dates: Jun 23 2016 - Jul 29 2016 Gallery Link: http://marlboroughchelsea.com/chelsea...
For Cezanne, painting’s capacity to depict fundamental truths regarding the nature of things was never in question. Over a century after Cezanne’s death, the real world has dissolved, becoming fundamentally indistinguishable from the virtual world of networks and spectacle. For this exhibition we have chosen to focus on landscape painting, Cezanne’s subject par excellence, to tease out the developments in visual culture that have so fundamentally realigned relations between the artist and the art work, art’s content to its audience, and the art-world to society at large. When in 1967 Bruce Nauman produced a neon sign saying “The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths”, the sentiment was meant to be simultaneously seductive and ridiculous. Nauman had identified the universal condition in which no artist authentically perceives themselves to be a “true artist.” Within a contemporary milieu, the act of painting a landscape has become untethered from any sort of aesthetic ideal, or fantasy of a transcendent experience. Why would an artist choose to make landscape paintings in the era of National Geographic, Google Street View and World of Warcraft? After all, the sublime seems to have taken up residence in designer candles impregnated with meteorites, weird-Twitter feeds and “finding your flow” while reading Infinite Jest. Has landscape painting become an entirely outward-facing act which signals “being an artist” and “doing art”? Is there still some there? Website: http://nycgalleryopenings.com Subscribe: http://youtube.com/nycgalleryopenings