Vincenzo Fiore Marrese

Painting raises several questions in today art world

The medium of painting raises several questions in today art world.

Is painting a proper art medium today?

Is painting the golden path of the commodification of art?

When photography is the source of a painting, which is the role of the photographer in the artistic process?

How does painting survive in today visual culture?

Insiders in the art world know that painting is a questionable medium today.

Not only the role of painting is a subject of disquisitions, at present, but also other traditional and well-established fields, like the Art History [1].

On the 4th of March 2020, the Metropolitan Museum of New York opening an exhibition in its Met Breuer branch, with the meaningful title "Gerhard Richter: Painting After All". Painting, after all. In its digital primer, the MET states: "In 2020, art can be made from literally anything. So why still paint?" [2].

Rachel Wetzler, associated editor of Art in America, posted a review about the exhibition entitled "Gerhard Richter: Painting After All" Foregrounded a Question at the Heart of Richter's Practice: "Why Paint?"[3].

On this debate about painting, Walter Robinson posted a seminal article in 2014, "Flipping and the Rise of Zombie Formalism"[4], coined term "zombie formalism" that became popular.

On the other side, in 2020, Alex Greenberger wrote on Artnews: "First There Was Zombie Formalism—Now There's Zombie Figuration"[5].

On this slippery way, I'm developing this branch of my artistic research.

Notes

  1. 1. Petrovich D., Where Should Art History Go in the Future? As Survey Courses Change, the Past Evolves, ARTnews, 28th of July 2020

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  2. 2. https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2020/gerhard-richter-painting-after-all, URL retrieved on 23rd of July 2020

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  3. 3. Wetzler R., "Gerhard Richter: Painting After All" Foregrounded a Question at the Heart of Richter's Practice: "Why Paint?", ART in America, 13rd of April 2020

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  4. 4. Robinson W., Flipping and the Rise of Zombie Formalism, Artspace, 3rd of April 2014

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  5. 5. Greenberger A., First There Was Zombie Formalism—Now There's Zombie Figuration, Artnews, 9th of July 2020

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