Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling
A combination exhibition catalog and provocative theoretical text, this book features two opposed essays disagreeing about the supposed purpose or operation of contemporary painting. The two-part Auckland show features the work of 25 painters from New Zealand, Europe and the United States – Gerhard Richter and Paul McCarthy among them – offering a wide variety of practices. Essays by curators Jan Bryant and Leonhard Emmerling pay particular attention to the legacies of conceptualism. Emmerling’s text takes off from Kant and Adorno to consider painting’s complete uselessness as the basis of its inalienability; Bryant adapts Jean Paulhan’s ideas on cliché and terror to account for aspects of contemporary painting practice that can’t be folded neatly into dominant arthistorical discourses.
8.5 x 6 inches / 140 pp / b/w and color
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