“Expanding the Field of Painting” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Calls for a Redefinition of the Medium

“Expanding the Field of Painting” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston asserts that the field of painting is not dead or exhausted but alive and well. “Painting” has become a fluid term that is constantly increasing in scope, and the varied, comprehensive collection of artworks in the ongoing exhibition in the Kim and Jim Pallotta Gallery surveys a diversity of approaches to the field. “Expanding the Field of Painting” signals harmony between painting and contemporary artistic mediums and technologies like photography and film. The works on view through October 2014 also establish that a balance can be achieved between painterly techniques and other conventional art forms.  The twenty-five paintings that comprise the exhibition provoke a reinterpretation of what constitutes a painting and affirm that the field remains engrossing, ever changing, and relevant.

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