previews

  • Painting at the Edge of the World

    Walker Art Center
    725 Vineland Place
    February 10–May 6, 2001

    The tune’s familiar—group show featuring solid international cast organized around loose curatorial theme—but here it has a new refrain. Curator Douglas Fogle will focus on painting; the twist is, he frames it as a philosophy rather than a practice, a proposition suggestive enough to lift this venture out of the survey rut. A riff on the “genetic mutation” of painting, that is, how its constitutional tropes extend to other mediums, this exhibition of thirty international artists (ranging from Marcel Broodthaers, Hélio Oiticica, and Paul Thek to Marlene Dumas, Nader, and Mike Kelley) will include photography, Conceptual-sculptural approaches, performance-based works, and, yes, paint on canvas. An extensive catalogue is promised.