“Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” at the Whitney Museum of American Art

“Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” at the Whitney Museum of American Art

From March 29, 2019, the Whitney Museum of American Art will be hosting a special exhibition titled “Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s” that runs through the summer.

“Painters in the 1960s faced a dilemma,” the museum says. “Committed to the notion that color combined with gesture could still be an advanced form of artistic practice, they were forced to reckon with the newly indelible legacy of Abstract Expressionism and the freshly ascendant reign of Pop Art. After the painterly inventions of Jackson Pollock and the critical and cool precision of Andy Warhol, what could painting do?”

The works on display are expected to explore the power of color in articulating questions around perception, race, gender, and the coding of space. It will put together paintings of different genres that differently employ direct, saturated, even hallucinatory colors to activate the viewer’s perception.

“While contemporaneous accounts spoke in universal ways about perception, recent scholarship has looked to the personal, social, and political conditions that impact how we understand and speak about perception. Many of the artists in the exhibition were painting as active participants in the civil rights and women’s rights movements. Their — primarily abstract paintings permit spaces for viewers to consider the politics of place and presence,” the museum says.

Important recent acquisitions by Emma Amos and Kay WalkingStick will be on display from Whitney’s collection along with works by artists Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Marcia Hafif, Ellsworth Kelly, Morris Louis, and Bob Thompson.

The title of the exhibition is taken from a quote by Thompson, who shortly before his death in 1966, said, “I paint many paintings that tell me slowly that I have something inside of me that is just bursting, twisting, sticking, spilling over to get out. Out into souls and mouths and eyes that have never seen before.”

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