Photos by G. Various Artists.
Rare works of art from the 1950s to the present – slashed, burned, smothered, stitched, poured and decomposing – are on view at Luxembourg and Dayan in a fantastic new exhibit called “Unpainted Paintings.” The exhibit was organized by Alison Gingeras (chief curator at Palazzo Grassi). Over two dozen works of art are featured in “Unpainted Paintings,” many of which have never been exhibited publicly before. Some of the artists represented in this exhibit are Lynda Benglis, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jean Dubuffet, Raymond Hains, Sheila Hicks, Piero Manzoni, Otto Muehl, Blinky Palermo, Paola Pivi, Robert Rauschenberg and Julian Schnabel.
If you’ve never been to Luxembourg and Dayan, you are in for a treat. In addition to seeing great art, the gallery is four floors and the interior is amazing. “Unpainted Paintings” is organized by floor (Stained Sheets, Dirty Pictures, Materiologies, Knitted and Sewn, Meta-Painting and (Un)Painted Paintings).
I was lucky enough to speak with curator Alison Gingeras about “Unpainted Paintings” and she gave me a little bit of insight on how she obtained such a diverse, yet perfectly thematic collection of works. She advised that she reached out to artists’ estates, significant private collectors and in the case of younger artists, with their studios directly. She also mentioned that an expansive illustrated catalogue will be released in summer 2011.
“Unpainted Paintings” is on view at Luxembourg and Dayan until May 27, 2011. Luxembourg and Dayan is located at 64 East 77th Street in Manhattan and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see so many amazing works of art in person.