On Jan 16th, I watched the latest CBS “Sunday Morning Show”. (It along with “60 Minutes” and “West Wing” are my only must watch shows during the week.) One of the feature stories of the “Sunday Morning Show” was the most recent “Miami Basil”. I discussed the event in an earlier post and commended the group of Pacific Northwest Artists that rented-out a motel to host their own exhibit in the city. But watching the show on Sunday I was struck by a very unsettling image – the lack of painting as a presence in the show. Now I had very little imagery to go on in my previous post about the Seattle-based artist group so I didn’t know if they were pushing mostly conceptual art as well or what and really didn’t care, at the time. But I now wonder what was the make-up of this “show of shows” for the USA. Is painting truly being delegated to the back-bin of contemporary art? That’s the impression given by the media presenting the event on my favorite Sunday morning show.
What will it take for painting with imagery, possibly even symbolism – to return to the forefront? Are Rauschenberg’s “Combines” as close as we will get to painting/drawing in the contemporary art market? - DN