The Recent Evolution of Painting Unfolds in a Group Show at Almine Rech Paris
Including both professional and amateur, handcrafted and automated, representational and abstract, material and digital, “The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes)” gathers the work of these artists to illustrate painting’s development and persistence. Curated by Éric Troncy, the show is a picture of the wider culture itself, hung in a crowded, salon-style presentation. As Troncy asserts, the show is a view of images as we so often experience them while surfing the internet: juxtaposed, collated, repeated, randomized.
The show is divided according to three subjects as indicated in the title, even if the various strands are undifferentiated within the space of the gallery and many of the works span such distinctions. Nonetheless, some works fall precisely into one wing or another. In one section, landscapes are beautifully represented by works such as
Among the portraits, the work of has described, “My career…began in 2002.” Her photorealistic, often-large-scale images, such as Sex Painting #4 (2013), are sourced from black-and-white photographs of sexual encounters or genitaliae. More tame, but no less erotic, is
Painters such as
“The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), a show by Éric Troncy” is on view at Almine Rech, Paris, Jan. 10–Feb. 14, 2015.