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Anna Betbeze, Marble, 2011, wool, acid dyes, watercolor, 108 x 65". From “Unpainted Paintings.

“Unpainted Paintings”

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Anna Betbeze, Marble, 2011, wool, acid dyes, watercolor, 108 x 65". From “Unpainted Paintings.

Writing in Art News in 1958, Allan Kaprow eulogized Jackson Pollock, arguing that his “near destruction” of customary painting obliged its reevaluation, less as a medium than as a framework for conveying a multiplicity of sensory experiences. In a rightly famous passage near the text’s conclusion, Kaprow insisted that Pollock “left us at the point where we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life. . . . Not satisfied with the suggestion through paint of our other senses, we shall utilize the specific substances of light, sound, movements, people, odors, touch.” At once offering a prescription and postulating an outcome, Kaprow’s charge is everywhere felt if nowhere named in “Unpainted Paintings,” a show organized for Luxembourg & Dayan by Alison Gingeras, chief curator at Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. Swelling to fill the gallery’s

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