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Current Exhibitions


Flatbed Pictures


November 21 – December 23, 2020 


American Art critic, Leo Steinberg gave a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1968 where he argued that a fundamental shift occurred in painting in New York in the early 1950's. This shift was from paintings that had always been angulated towards a vertical human posture to that of a horizontal pictorial surface like a flatbed printing bed. If you consider even Picasso's cubism work, there is one way up. They were painted while standing vertical at an easel and meant to be viewed in that orientation only. But then in the 1950's, Leo states, starting with Robert Rauschenberg, and DuBuffet, you see artists breaking free from this to create works that simulate table tops or the studio floor. Steinberg felt that this was the most important development in post modern painting. The art chosen for this exhibition are also flatbed pictures, in the footsteps of the New York School of Painting. Artists include Aron Hill, Rhys Douglas Farrell, Joe Fleming, Ben Skinner, Fiona Ackerman, Curtis Cutshaw, Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday, Darija Radakovic, Angela Leach and Sara Robichaud.

Herringer Kiss Gallery

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Calgary, AB T3C 0J7
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