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?
Flirting with Death: Dispatches Along 19th to 21st Century Painting
The Object of the Idea
Guy Pellerin : Painting Distance (A Mental Construction Made Visible)
Stéphane La Rue, Color as Illusion of Painting
Blind Spots, Caesurae and Other Archival Lacunae
Dark Thoughts: Jinny Yu Starts Where Painting Ends￼
Relics as New Monuments: Destroyed painting
Performative art follows painting’s footsteps. The case of Vanessa Beecroft
Derek Sullivan More Young Americans
Body and Chaos in Christine Major’s Recent Work
The Animated World of Marina Roy
As the basis for social organization and the primary site of socialization, the family has drawn particular attention in the visual arts since the inception of art history. As contemporary art seems well engaged in an examination of cultural practices, the family, in all its forms, is returning to the spotlight. Many artists today revisit family traditions, sites, and taboos, challenge what has been held as unspeakable by digging into archives, and invent new, intimate forms of sociability out of biographical experiences. This issue reflects on family histories as they are rewritten in contemporary art.