A Painting Today

Stevenson Gallery

A Painting Today proposes an encounter with painting, the most traditional of media, filtered through the contemporary logic of Instagram.

Because of social media, the most common way to view pictures today is sequentially.  This has triggered a fundamental shift in how we think about images, emphasising their place in the fourth dimension, time, over a timeless two-dimensional existence. The exhibition is conceived as a slideshow, or Instagram feed, in the flesh: it will open with one work, and every day a painting will be added. Over the run of the show, from 6 March to 22 April, a total of 47 paintings will accumulate on our walls. The sequence will emerge from an interplay of external factors, such as the date of acceptance of the invitation, painters’ schedules, and logistics such as stretching, shipping and framing. The list of invited painters will reflect the personal interests of our curatorial team, and will include young artists who we have never exhibited before alongside people we represent, international visitors alongside important historical figures. The range of work will reflect the breadth and depth of painterly concerns in contemporary art, and will mimic the jumble of social media where the sacred sits next to the profane, and the monumental and miniscule both fit on the screen of one’s phone. As so much has been written and theorised about painting, we would like to propose a divertissement. A Painting Today offers a twist on traditional exhibition-making, creating a blank canvas on which painting is invited to roam more or less freely for 47 days. Instead of making a grand statement about painting today, we simply offer a painting each day. The show includes artists such as Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Turiya Magadlela, Penny Siopis, Mduduzi Xakaza and Portia Zvavahera.

Stevenson Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:00, and Saturday 10:00 to 13:00. The daily additions will be documented on their website and various social media platforms in real time, from 6 March 2017 coming full circle with a finissage on Saturday 22 April from 10:00 to 13:00, where all the works will be on display.

Keep checking this post to see the latest in the exhibition series:

19. 24.03

24.03 | Joshua Williams | Plaster | 2015 | Cement, white cement, filler, acrylic paint, and tissue cloth on board | 201 x 121cm

18. 23.03

23.03 | Kimathi Mafafo | The Wasted Fall 2 | 2017 | Oil on canvas | 149 x 119cm

17. 22.03

22.03 | Odili Donald Odita | X | 2016 | Acrylic on canvas | 178 x 228.5cm

16. 21.03

15. 20.03

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20.03 | Penny Siopis | Restless Republic | 2016 | Ink and glue on canvas | 90 x 120cm

14. 19.03

19.03 | Mduduzi Xakaza | Mist out Mphise | 2017 | Oil on canvas | 61 x 91,5cm

13. 18.03

18.03 | Anastasia Pather | The performance of fucks and a history of eyes | 2017 | Glue, ink, acrylic, enamel on canvas | 170 cm x 100 cm

12. 17.03

17.03 | Richard Mudariki | Theatre Triptych | 2017 | Acrylic on canvas | 199 x 85.5cm

11. 16.03

16.03 | Sepideh Mehraban | Palimpsest II | 2017 | Mixed media on canvas | 60 x 40cm

10. 15.03

15.03 | Portia Zvavahera | I Can Feel It in My Eyes [20] | 2015 – 17 | Oil based printing ink and oil bar on canvas | 202 x 236cm

9. 14.03

14.03 | Francis Alÿs | CUT | 2015 | Painting cut with Chainsaw | 14 x 19,5cm

8. 13.03

13.03 | Etel Adnan | Untitled | 2014 | Oil on Canvas | 30.5 x 35cm

7. 12.03

12.03 | Rory Emmett | Laaitie | Oil on paper | 21 x 21cm

6. 11.03

11.03 | Serge Alain Nitegeka | Mass II | 2017 | Paint and charcoal on wood | 60 x 90 x 2.5cm

5. 10.03

10.03 | Youssef Nabil | Self-portrait | Essaouira | 2011 | Hand-coloured gelatin silver print | 75 x 115cm

4. 09.03

09.03 | Cinga Samson | Diced Pineapples iii | 2017 | Oil on Canvas

3. 08.03

08.03 | Jared Ginsburg | Backdrop no. 1 (Off Minor) | 2017 | Oil and mixed media on canvas | 200 x 250cm

2. 07.03

07.03 | Breyten Breytenbach | friends for life (Die Wonderdokter en P Blum) | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 145 x 145cm

1. 06.03

06.03 | Deborah Poynton | The Human Abstract: Ship Triptych | 2017 | Oil on canvas | Triptych | 230 x 190cm

 

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