“Painting––The Extended Field”

Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall & Rooseum

The first thing I encountered at the Rooseum were three overjoyed kids screaming ecstatically while frolicking on an enormous pink carpet, which covers the entire floor of the largest room in the institution. This hallucinatory color field is Rudolf Stingel’s contribution to “Painting—The Extended Field,” a collaboration between the Rooseum and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, curated by David Neuman and Bo Nilsson, and mounted at both locations simultaneously. The show was just reinstalled, the two parts switching institutions. This will give the fourteen artists in the show a chance to rework their installations or display entirely new pieces.

Stingel’s bright pink field is certainly “extended,” but in what sense is it painting? This exhibition supplies no definitions of genre; nor does it seem content to display the vitality of painting, a theme favored in any number of European exhibitions

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