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 Past Exhibition

Abstract Painting, Once Removed
April 23–July 18, 1999
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This exhibition focused on work from 1994 to 1999 by artists who are wrestling with the boundaries of this tried and tested medium to produce visually and intellectually provocative "paintings" which are physically, emotionally, or conceptually distanced from the "pure" abstraction of earlier periods. In addition to experimental but still wall-bound oil-paint-on-canvas works, the exhibition also included free-standing panels and floor arrangements, sculptural objects, photography- and computer-based projects, and works made from materials as diverse as paper, plastic, plaster, crushed velvet, silk flowers, mirrors, shellac, and glue. Organized by Dana Friis-Hansen, senior curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, TX, the exhibition contained about 50 works from about 20 artists.