• “Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism”

    Villa Manin
    Piazza Manin 10, Passariano
    April 9–September 24, 2006

    Curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto

    Despite well-rehearsed claims for its autoextinction, painting remains as ubiquitous as the shows and discourses attending to it. This exhibition traces the “pictorial” not only through abstract and figurative painting but also through sculpture, video, and photography, engaging the question of medium from a perspective of collective expansion. The roughly eighty works on view span the past two decades, which the curators have dubbed the age of “Global Realism” to describe how the “real” is influenced by globalization. Less about essentialist ontology than about cross-connected networks, painting here becomes a game of six degrees of separation. Or, as Bonami puts it, it’s an “exhibition about painting, but not just another painting exhibition.”