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Expanded Painting

by on May 2, 2013

Scéalta Ealaíne

My friend Alan is a mine of information when it comes to all things arty.  We were talking the other day and he mentioned the term “Expanded Painting”. This term was probably first used in 2005 when there was an exhibition of that title in the Prague Biennale. Anyway, it’s one of those terms that you can use freely when you’re discussing painting these days.

Yes, it’s about contemporary artists whose work is challenging the conventions of painting and such. It’s about re-conceptualizing the traditional understanding of painting, which is no longer restricted to the oil-on-canvas formula, but offers a multitude of other alternatives. Fabric, metal, found objects, conceptual statements, flamboyant actions, installations and sculptures, all of these are putting forward an extended understanding of the medium; today, painting is expanded, painting is…  (Yes, you’ve probably noticed that I’m plagiarising an essay from “Modern Talking”, an exhibition at the Museum…

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