Houston

Matt Connors, VIDEO, 2012, acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 44 x 34". From “Outside the Lines.”

Matt Connors, VIDEO, 2012, acrylic and colored pencil on canvas, 44 x 34". From “Outside the Lines.”

Houston

“Outside The Lines”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
October 31, 2013–March 1, 2014

Curated by Bill Arning, Valerie Cassel Oliver, and Dean Daderko

This year, a string of six shows based around the current state of abstract painting will commemorate CAMH’s sixty-fifth anniversary. Forgoing a voguish focus on the medium’s networked aspects, “Outside the Lines” will position “painting” and “abstraction” as foils for genre- defying artworks of the recent past. While Arning’s “UIA: Unlikely Iterations of the Abstract” will address contemporary reworkings of modernist ideals and his “Painting: A Love Story” will explore gestural pleasures, Daderko’s “Rites of Spring” and “Outside the Lines” (after which the larger project is named) will look past painting’s ineluctable flatness via the work of an irreverent progeny of emerging artists from Michele Abeles to Abigail DeVille. And to further contextualize these innovative new practices, Cassel Oliver will turn to the often overlooked, with the two-part show “Black in the Abstract,” focusing on the disintegration of figuration by black painters since the late 1960s in a salubrious introduction of societal concerns to the formal.