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Emphatic: American Painting from the Collection

2/28/2019 - 5/12/2019
Organizing institution: Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Primary Curator: Amy Powell

Through composition, subject matter, and paint application—along with such tools as an implied grid, arresting color, and brushwork— artists in the second half of the twentieth century engaged profoundly with the materiality of paint and its potential to convey both grandeur and intimacy. Drawn from KAM’s collection, this exhibition features works that offer resolute statements on the physical and emotional significance of painting. Their emphatic tones resonate despite—or because of—the artists’ great ambivalence towards the representability of history, violence, and desire. Emphatic is a preview of Art Since 1948, an upcoming reinstallation of KAM’s modern and contemporary art collection opening in August 2019.

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