Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection

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Hedda Sterne, N.Y. 1 [Road #4], 1956. Acrylic spray paint on canvas. 86 x 50 inches. Gift of the artist. 2006-3-1
Hedda Sterne, N.Y. 1 [Road #4], 1956. Acrylic spray paint on canvas. 86 x 50 inches. Gift of the artist. 2006-3-1

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Louise Fishman, Blonde Ambition, 1995. Oil on linen, 90 x 65 inches. Museum purchase through the John N. Chester Fund and the Richard M. and Rosann Gelvin Noel Fund 2019-1-1
Louise Fishman, Blonde Ambition, 1995. Oil on linen, 90 x 65 inches. Museum purchase through the John N. Chester Fund and the Richard M. and Rosann Gelvin Noel Fund 2019-1-1

Mark Rothko, No. 13, 1949. Oil, canvas. Gift of Walter Bareiss 1955-16-1

Mark Rothko, No. 13, 1949. Oil, canvas. Gift of Walter Bareiss 1955-16-1
Mark Rothko, No. 13, 1949. Oil, canvas. Gift of Walter Bareiss 1955-16-1

Exhibition

On view
Feb 28, 2019 to May 12, 2019
Main Level, West Gallery

Through composition, subject matter, and paint application—along with such tools as an implied grid, arresting color, and brushwork— artists in the second half of the twentieth century engaged profoundly with the materiality of paint and its potential to convey both grandeur and intimacy.

Drawn from KAM’s collection and including artwork by Sue Coe, Louise Fishman, Leon Golub, Robert Indiana, Annette Lemieux, David Park, Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne, and Purvis Young, this exhibition features works that offer resolute statements on the physical and emotional significance of painting. Their emphatic tones resonate despite—or because of—the artists’ great ambivalence towards the representability of history, violence, and desire.

Emphatic is a preview of Art Since 1948, an upcoming reinstallation of KAM’s modern and contemporary art collection opening in August 2019.

Curated by Amy L. Powell, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Ricker Library of Architecture and Art has developed a library guide with details about this exhibition, as well as supplementary materials and curator-recommended readings: Library Guide for Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection

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Paul Kelpe, Man and Machines (Abstraction #5), 1934. Oil, canvas. Commissioned through the New Deal art projects 1943-4-209
  1. Jun 5, 2021 to Dec 23, 2021
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Grid-based abstract oil painting with bright colors amid finely-drawn black squares by abstract artist Louise Fishman
  1. Aug 26, 2021 to Feb 26, 2022
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Blue wooden bench in a gallery with text painted on it. The back of the bench says "This exhibition has asked me to stand for too long." The seat says "Sit if you agree."
  1. Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 11, 2021