Saturday, 8 October 2011

The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960's to now, Tate St.Ives, UK

Mary Heilmann 'Primalon Ballroom' 2002, Oil on canvas and wood, 50 x 40”, 
Kenny Schachter & Ilona Rich, ©Mary Heilmann
At last Tate St.Ives has a large international show and it's on abstraction. I go down there every year and I am always frustrated that it doesn't seem to get enough of the more sexy works in the Tate vaults. 'The Indiscipline of Painting' is an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to now and this time they have been given some money and have got some excellent loaned works from diverse artists: Stella, Heilmann, Warhol, Dan Walsh, Gerhard Richter, Sherrie Levine, Katharina Grosse and Peter Halley and Tomma Abts to name a few. Here are a few words from the press release..
'The exhibition is selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, it considers how the languages of abstraction have remained urgent, relevant and critical as they have been revisited and reinvented by subsequent generations of artists over the last 50 years. It goes on to demonstrate the way in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today. The exhibition runs 8th October 2011 - 3rd  January 2012.
Andy Warhol, 'Eggs' 1982, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 228.6 x 177.8 cm,
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution:The Andy Warhol Foundation
 for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY & DACS, London


  1. I went to the Private View yesterday, the show looked great...and as you said it is so good to see a solid show of stunning work at St Ives Tate. The Scully, Stella, Abts and Kirwan pieces were must see stunners for me.

  2. Thanks for that, do you recommend the show?, it certainly looks like one of their most ambitious shows in years...