Day of the Painter

Curatorial Project
2014
Most artist start out as painters. These artists view paintings within the contextualized history of painting, knowledge not easily afforded to the public. It is for this reason that many artists tend to turn away from painting towards a medium less entrenched in historical knowledge. The Day of the Painter aimed aimed to be an inquiry into how painting is viewed today through the lens of artist trained within the intellecutalized field of academic art yet outside the canon of painting.

For this show, I asked a variety of sculptors and multi-media artists to submit what they think painting is today for the public. The exhibition took part in Pittsburgh's "Unblurred: First Friday" art initiative, exposing the works to a wide variety of viewers. Dialogue between the audience and artists led to a fulfilling conversation into deeper issues about "what is art?" beyond the canvas through painting itself.

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