The Idea of Painting


Painting has more often than once been declared dead, yet it has nevertheless remained at the heart of artistic practices. The revival of interest that painting seems to be enjoying today has thus inspired the magazine esse arts + opinions to further explore this phenomenon. What to think of the dramatic “reappearance” of gestuality and technical virtuosity in the practice of the medium? Also, what can be said of the general scepticism directed towards painting for its supposed “natural” complicity with the art market? What about the notions of the window, the screen, and tableau, which have provided painting with its various theoretical models throughout history?

Maria Thereza Alves, Vanessa Beecroft, Sylvain Bouthillette, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Joe Bradley, Carlos Bunga, Anthony Burnham, Eric Cameron, Olivier Choinière, Cooke-Sasseville, David Cronenberg, Angela de la Cruz, Keren Cytter, Manon de Pauw, Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Manuel Eiris, Alexandre Fecteau et Marie Gignac, Christian Fontaine, Dario Gamboni, Cynthia Girard, Amos Gitaï, Alexis Harding, Dil Hildebrand, Jacob Kassay, Judith Klugerman, Germaine Krull, David Lafrance, Stéphane La Rue, Christine Major, Saburo Murakami, Les Néos, Steven Parrino, Guy Pellerin, Walid Raad/The Atlas Group, Tasman Richardson, Michael Riedel, Marina Roy, Marigold Santos, Cindy Sherman, François Simard, Derek Sullivan, Beth Stuart, Janet Werner, Jinny Yu.


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