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Color Country installation shot, work by Anne Thompson (foreground) and Tom Gregg (on the wall).

We’ve all learned our lessons about the relative nature of color.  We’ve made one color look like two, or two look like one, been proud of our chromatic grays and the glow that happens in our paintings after ever so slight alterations of tone.  Color Country is a small exhibit I put together for the University of Central Missouri’s Gallery 115 of artists who find content in color’s relativity: Tom Gregg, Daniel Reneau and Anne Thompson.  All three make work that considers the perception of color, and also the desire to define color, make it mean something certain and constant.  The problem is, and this is what makes these three artists approach to color so interesting, is that it’s as impossible to define color, to make it  mean something simple and absolute, as it is to look at color as optically constant.  The problem becomes almost existential.

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Contemporary Art Daily has a lot of images from a show of Miyoko Ito’s work in Berlin. (via Painter’s Table.) & our conversation about Miyoko Ito from a couple of years ago.

 

 

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“Woman With Mauve Hat”, 1939

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“Bust of a Faun”, 1946

Bonjour, Picasso is not a blockbuster exhibit.  There are 3 small paintings and a handful of drawings in a room mostly full of photos of Picasso and his studio.  But the paintings, especially the two posted above, are a nice reminder of what a great colorist Picasso was, and how much more there is to his work than the personality, the fame, the stylistic shifts and liberties he took with “proper drawing”.  The show is worth noting for the small surprises it offers and the fact that it makes it easy to look slowly and look for nuance.

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We just have time to get in a quick post about Caleb Weintraub’s current show at Peter Miller Gallery in Chicago.  Almost missed posting on it.  The good news is that posting on it this late, there is already some press to link to:  The Chicago Reader’s short review, a longer review from Sixty Inches to Center and a write up on The Art Blog.

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