previews

  • Howardena Pindell, Untitled, 1968-70, canvas, enamel, grommets, and foam, 12 x 12'. From “High Times, Hard Times.”

    “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975”

    Weatherspoon Art Museum
    Spring Garden Street and Tate Street
    August 6–October 15, 2006

    Curated by Katy Siegel

    Art histories fall silent when it comes to painting between Pop art’s advent in the early ’60s and the emergence of New Image painting and its bastard neo-expressionism toward the end of the ’70s. Organized by the Independent Curators International, this exhibition will likely show, however, that the period was a tumultuous one. Painters at the time, especially those in New York, reacted to Minimalism and Conceptual art—not to mention societal upheavals, particularly the resurgence of feminism (nearly half of this show’s thirty-eight artists are women)—and against Clement Greenberg’s rigid formalist prescriptions. Celebrated artists abound, from Mel Bochner to Elizabeth Murray, but a fresh look at less familiar figures like Dan Christensen and Howardena Pindell promises greater rewards.

    Travels to the Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington, DC, Nov. 19, 2006–Jan. 21, 2007; and other venues.