Contemporary Painting
in Context

back in print

Contemporary Painting
in Context

back in print

Museum Tusculanum Press

April 18, 2013
Contemporary Painting in Context back in print

Museum Tusculanum Press
University of Copenhagen
6 Birketinget
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

The essays collected in Contemporary Painting in Context examine the transformation and expansion of the field of painting over the last decades in relation to the more general lines of development in contemporary culture and visuality. They discuss how paintings present themselves to us today; how they are “framed” experientially, institutionally and culturally; how contemporary painting can be said to reflect on the historical transformations of culture, visuality and image production and consumption; and how it is possible to explain some of the changes and expansions of the field of painting by placing it in the wider context of cultural history or visual culture studies.

The book is divided into five parts, each of them pursuing a distinct line of inquiry. The first part examines how painting can be situated in a wider cultural context, the second how the question of the ontology of painting can be rethought from a contemporary perspective, and the third explores how “painting” can be defined today by taking into consideration that the discipline has assimilated a wealth of new means of expression and materials. The essays in the two last parts of the book address issues with strong political implications: Part four focuses on the role of gender in painting while part five addresses the complex relationship between painting, art institutions and the art market.

This volume is essential reading for students, scholars and general readers interested in a resilient art form that, despite announcements over the last half century proclaiming its death, continues to appear in ever-new guises.

Edited by Anne Ring Petersen with Mikkel Bogh, Hans Dam Christensen and Peter Nørgaard Larsen.

Contributors: Jonathan Harris, Peter Weibel, Barry Schwabsky, Stephen Melville, Katharina Grosse, Anne Ring Petersen, Katy Deepwell, Rune Gade, Gitte Ørskou, Chin-Tao Wu

Museum Tusculanum Press
2013 220 pp. 33 colour plates 16 x 24 cm
ISBN 978 87 635 2597 8
Series: The Novo Nordisk Foundation Art History Project
27 EUR 34 USD DKK 198
Price at 21 EUR 27 USD DKK 158

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Anne Ring Petersen

Part One: Painting in the Common Culture

Jonathan Harris
‘Contemporary’, ‘Common’, ‘Context’, ‘Criticism’: Painting after the End of Postmodernism

Peter Weibel
Pittura/Immedia: Painting in the Nineties between Mediated Visuality and Visuality in Context

Part Two: Rethinking the Ontology of Painting

Barry Schwabsky
Object or Project? A Critic’s Reflections and the Ontology of Painting

Stephen Melville
Painting: Ontology and Experience

Part Three: The Expanded Field

Katharina Grosse
The Poise of the Head und die anderen folgen

Anne Ring Petersen
Painting Spaces

Part Four: Painting and the Question of Gender-Specificity

Katy Deepwell
Claims for a Feminist Politics in Painting

Rune Gade
Matter and Meaning: ‘The Slime of Painting’

Part Five: Painting, Institutions, Market

Gitte Ørskou
The Longing for Order: Painting as the Gatekeeper of Harmony

Chin-tao Wu
YBA Saatchi? – from Shark Sensation to Pastoral Painting

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