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KAM Exhibition | Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection

Event Type
Exhibition
Topics
20th century, abstract art, american art, art, painting
Sponsor
Illinois Arts Council Agency and Krannert Art Museum
Location
KAM Main Level, West Gallery
Date
Apr 10, 2019   All Day
Cost
Free
Contact
Julia Nucci Kelly
E-Mail
kam-info@illinois.edu
Phone
217-244-0320

Through composition, subject matter, and paint application—along with such tools as an implied grid, arresting color, and brushwork— artists in the second half of the twentieth century engaged profoundly with the materiality of paint and its potential to convey both grandeur and intimacy.

Drawn from KAM’s collection and including artwork by Sue Coe, Louise Fishman, Leon Golub, Robert Indiana, Annette Lemieux, David Park, Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne, and Purvis Young, this exhibition features works that offer resolute statements on the physical and emotional significance of painting. 

Their emphatic tones resonate despite—or because of—the artists’ great ambivalence towards the representability of history, violence, and desire.

Emphatic is a preview of Art Since 1948, an upcoming reinstallation of KAM’s modern and contemporary art collection opening in August 2019.

Curated by Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

 

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