MARCH 03 - APRIL 28, 2012
REBECCA MORRIS AT ZWINGER GALERIE, BERLIN
The Happy Fainting of Painting, curated by Hans-Jürgen Hafner & Gunter Reski, Zwinger Galerie, Berlin, Germany
March 3, 2012- April 28, 2012
Anything but a proper painting show, the exhibition The Happy Fainting of Painting is dedicated to practical and theoretical questions about painting today. A consciously diverse presentation (including picture and text contributions) is to be understood as an attempt to describe and clarify problems and potentials around "painting as dispositive." The multi-layered, research-like way of presentation suggests a correlation with the matter.
The good news, on the one hand, is that painting may still be there and be alive. On the other – right after a decade-long art market boom – it appears all too easy to talk, once again, about painting as the art medium par excellence. This turning back to painting doesn't further actual perspectives on painting. Such popular assessments may, perhaps, be caused by current developments in the field of art. Still they are based on the economy, whereby for too long prices have been mixed up with quality. Within a general perception of art ruled by the logics of the market, the exhibition offers instead a renewed interest in aesthetic discussions and targets possiblties for new criteria for contemporary painting (and art) discourse.
The Happy Fainting of Painting prefers not to talk about money any longer. Its purpose is rather to look for and be aware of the "blind spots" in painting's historical margins and today's settings. Moreover its goal is to suggest new questions and promote ways to resolve deadlocked interpretation patterns. It seems there is an urgent need for such a discussion in the moment. The show is part of and preparation for a planned publication about contemporary painting, to be published in 2013.