Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s Exhibit @ Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City18 polychromatic paintings that will provoke imagination and colorize your day.
Imagine you want to organize an art show. You've got space, money and a whole bunch of perfect paintings in museum funds. The only question is - how to systemize this treasure? You can choose to celebrate one and only painter, but that's boring. So you obviously need a multi-artist show. Bracketing by movement is alright, but not creative enough. And what about classifying... by color?
That was a very possible way the team of Spilling Over: Painting Color in the 1960s had been thinking when they decided to gather 18 bright-colored paintings in the generously lit galleries of the Whitney's top floor. But, putting jokes aside, there is another reason, a bit more trustworthy.
Back in the 1960s, artists tend to use (and even overuse) acrylic paint. It was a new medium then, and it helped creative people to articulate their attitude towards hottest topics of the time. Race, gender, woman rights - they wanted to scream about it, and so this desire burst out of them and literally spilled over at canvas. In addition, such rich, saturated, and sometimes hallucinatory colors provoked hypersensitivity and activated perception.
So they do today. Blue and yellow, garish and muted, - these paintings not only dilute often greyish style of the attendees but also compose a unique Life in Color. Reminding us that black or white are not the only options.