Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

 

Walkthrough with Curator Gary Garrels

 

Curator Gary Garrels in conversation with artists
Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman,
Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool.

 

Excerpts from interviews conducted by Hammer
curator Gary Garrels with Oranges and Sardines artists.

 

November 9 – February 8, 2009

Curated by Gary Garrels

Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting with Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl, and Christopher Wool. The title for the exhibition is borrowed from American poet Frank O’Hara’s poem Why I Am Not a Painter, which reflects on the elusiveness of the creative process, often resulting in a finished work that bears no resemblance to its initial inspiration. Oranges and Sardines hopes to offer manifold examples of abstraction’s inventive potential and will suggest varied reasons why it remains vital and essential to contemporary art. Similarly, the works of the six artists who have developed the exhibition may be viewed with more complex appreciation and more insightful understanding.

Oranges and Sardines will be accompanied by a catalogue that will include an introductory essay by the curator and extended interviews with each of the artists. All the works in the exhibition will be reproduced in full-page color, and additional works will be reproduced in tandem with artists’ interviews.