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MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA - Landscapes

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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
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