Theory and Practice of the Small Paintings
Group exhibition curated by Tony Godfrey,
12 July - 28 July 2013, Main Gallery & Project Room
There has been such an emphasis on BIG paintings in recent years that people have forgotten that size does not actually equate with either achievement or ambition, nor that many major paintings of the past were actually small. Vermeer's Girl with Pearl Earring for example is smaller than most paintings in this exhibition.
The obsession with BIGNESS in painting is also bizarre given that most people who live in cities do not have gigantic loft spaces.
However many painters still make small paintings, not just as sketches or as small versions of BIG paintings but as cogent and coherent works in their own right. These are paintings that are often more intimate, but no less complex than larger works.
This exhibition brings together small paintings by Jeremy Sharma and Ian Woo (Singapore), Gregory Halili, Mark Justiniani and Elaine Navas (Philippines), Ugo Untoro (Indonesia) Dennis de Caires and Estelle Thompson (UK). These last two painters were also included in another exhibition of the same title curated by Tony Godfrey in London in 1990.
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