The Indiscipline of Painting

The Indiscipline of Painting

Warwick Arts Centre

Bernard Frize, Suite Segond 100 No 3, 1980. Household paint on canvas,
130 x 162cm.*

January 20, 2012

The Indiscipline of Painting
International abstraction from the 1960s to now

14 January–10 March 2012

Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick, Coventry
Hours: Mon–Sat 12–9pm
Admission Free
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The Indiscipline of Painting is an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to now. Selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, the exhibition considers how abstraction has remained a site of urgent, relevant and critical enquiry for generations of artists over the last 50 years. The exhibition goes on to demonstrate the ways in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today.

The contemporary position of abstract painting is problematic. It can be seen to be synonymous with a moment in modernism that has long since passed, and an ideology which led the medium to stagnate in self-analysis and ideas of historical progression. The Indiscipline of Painting challenges such assumptions. It reveals how painting’s modernist histories, languages and positions have continued to provoke ongoing dialogues with contemporary practitioners, even as painting’s decline and death has been routinely and erroneously declared.

The show brings together works by British, American and European artists made over the last five decades and features major new commissions and loans. It includes important works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Michael Craig–Martin and Bridget Riley alongside younger artists such as Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, Jacob Kassay and Cheyney Thompson.

The Indiscipline of Painting is a collaborative project between Mead Gallery and Tate St Ives, where it opened on 8 October 2011. The exhibition travels to the Mead Gallery and opens on the 14 January 2012, running until 10 March 2012.  The exhibition also draws on the particular context of the significant abstract paintings which the University of Warwick has collected over the last 50 years, and which are on display across campus.

Mead Gallery and Tate St Ives gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Council England, The Henry Moore Foundation, The Higher Education Funding Council, and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain.

The exhibition will be showing works from the following 49 artists (in alphabetical order): Tomma Abts born 1967; John M. Armleder born 1948; Tauba Auerbach born 1981; Martin Barré 1924–1993; Francis Baudevin born 1964; Daniel Buren born 1938 ; André Cadere 1934–1978; Ingrid Calame born 1965 ; Keith Coventry born 1958 ; Michael Craig-Martin born 1941 ; Karin Davie born 1965; Peter Davies born 1970; Gene Davis 1920–1985; David Diao born 1943; Moira Dryer born 1950; Bernard Frize born 1949; Michelle Grabner born 1962; Tim Head born 1946; Alex Hubbard born 1975; Katharina Grosse born 1961; Peter Halley born 1953; Jane Harris born 1956; Mary Heilmann born 1940 ; Jacob Kassay born 1984; Richard Kirwan born 1969; Imi Knoebel born 1940; Bob Law 1934–2004; Sherrie Levine born 1947; Jeremy Moon 1934–1973; Olivier Mosset born 1944; Carl Ostendarp born 1961; Blinky Palermo 1943–1977; Steven Parrino 1958–2005; David Reed born 1946; Gerhard Richter born 1932; Bridget Riley born 1931; Ruth Root born 1967; Robert Ryman born 1930; Sean Scully born 1945; Frank Stella born 1936; Myron Stout 1908–1987; Daniel Sturgis born 1966; Cheyney Thompson born 1975; Niele Toroni born 1937; Richard Tuttle born 1941; Dan Walsh born 1960; Andy Warhol 1928–1987; Peter Young born 1940; Heimo Zobernig born 1958

The exhibition has been selected by British artist Daniel Sturgis, and curated with Martin Clark, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives and Sarah Shalgosky, Curator, University of Warwick.

For more press information please contact:
Warwick Arts Centre
Jan McQuillan, Communications Officer 024 7652 3804 or j.mcquillan [​at​]

Press images can be found at:–us/press

Tate St Ives
Arwen Fitch, Press Officer 01736 792185 or
Tate St Ives

*Image above:
Collection of the artist, Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery, London.

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