• Palmer Museum of Art , University Park
  • September 5, 2017 to
    December 17, 2017
  • Category: Art & Museum Exhibits

Event Details

  • September 5, 2017 to
    December 17, 2017
  • 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Free


Event Description

Robert Goodnough, Adventure (Comic), 1963–64, synthetic polymer paint, oil, and charcoal on canvas (detai

In the context of postwar art, size very much matters. "BIG Deal" highlights monumental canvases from the permanent collection—many of which have not been on view in recent years—in an attempt to unpack preoccupations with size in post-1945 art. What compelled these artists to work at such a large scale? What does sheer size argue about the paintings in question? The canvases on view in "BIG Deal," all of which measure at least five feet in a single dimension, range from abstract to figurative. Drawing on the ambitious scale of academic history painting, a number of the paintings explore the narrative potential of the nude figure, while other politically charged works warn against violence brought on by war, the displacement of peoples, and cultural conflict. Other large canvases, however, are not so declamatory. Quiet interior scenes and quotidian objects serve as artistic fodder for painters desiring to monumentalize the commonplace. While the exhibition highlights numerous works created—and acquired—in the 1970s, "BIG Deal" reminds us that concerns with size continue to loom large in contemporary art. Spaciously installed, the exhibition features sizeable paintings by Lawrence Calcagno, Martha Mayer Erlebacher, Tsibi Geva, Robert Goodnough, Ben Kamihira, Jerry Kearns, Ida Lorentzen, John Mandel, Philip Pearlstein, Mark Sheinkman, and Jerome Witkin. Continuing through December 17, 2017. Museum Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and some holidays FREE ADMISSION

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