Merlin James, Panel Discussion: Towards Meaning in a Plural Painting World

Hunter MFA Building, Hunter College, New York

Friday, January 11, 2013, 7.30pm

Moderated by Katy Siegel

With Dana Schutz, Merlin James, Raphael Rubinstein and Richard Shiff

This panel will bring together several prominent critics and painters to examine the condition of painting in its contemporary context. Participants will discuss whether the current plurality in painting dilutes meaning, or if it is just a case of many people doing many interesting things. How do we advance meaning given the plethora of dispersed, diverse, yet all seemingly functional approaches? Is the basic idea of advancement even a useful paradigm anymore? These issues will be explored with the aim of presenting a more critical dialogue about work made with paint.


Panel discussions are free and open to the public

Made possible with generous support from the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Painting Program


Merlin James makes often intensively worked, small-scale paintings, sometimes apparently abstract but often encompassing a range of imagery: empty interiors, rural landscapes, archi¬tecture; scenes of sexual intimacy. Often distressed, pierced, cropped or heavily overpainted, and sometimes on framed, transparent supports, these works refine and renew many of painting’s traditional concerns – with genre and narrative, pictorial space and expressive gesture, the emotive resonance of colour and texture.

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