Symposium: Painting in the 21st Century at The Phillips on Sept. 27

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Can anyone tell me why Blake Gopnik, the painting elitist, is on this panel? It has been documented over and over – he doesn’t LIKE painting. In large quotation marks, Blake Gopnik has repeatedly said that he hates realism, drawing, sculpture, and regular old photography, too. He has also declared the death of painting in various and sundry lectures. It is a wonder that he keeps being included in these things and that he’d WANT to do them.

What DOES this art critic like? Video and manipulated photography. Oh, and controversy. And that is about it.


1600 21st Street NW
Washington, DC
Saturday, September 27, 2008 10 am – 5 pm

Although widely proclaimed dead in the 1980s, painting has returned to prominence in recent years. This symposium will examine the state of contemporary painting from a range of perspectives, embracing the artist’s point of view and those of the art historian and critic.

Braque painting in the Phillips Collection

Yve-Alain Bois, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Spencer Finch, Artist, Brooklyn, New York
Jonathan Fineberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Blake Gopnik, The Washington Post
Suzanne Hudson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dorothy M. Kosinski, The Phillips Collection and Center for the Study of Modern Art
Leng Lin, Pace – Beijing
Joseph Marioni, Artist, New York City
Stephen W. Melville, Ohio State University
Laura Owens, Artist, Los Angeles
Andrea Pollan, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC
Richard Shiff, University of Texas
Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art
Gordon VeneKlasen, Michael Werner Gallery

The fee for “Symposium: Painting in the 21st Century” is included in museum admission. For further information, e-Mail the Center for the Study of Modern Art
or call 202.387.2151 x 286

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