Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection
July 25 - October 18, 2009
Exploring various approaches to painting represented in the MCA Collection – from the 1940s to the present – Constellations focuses on how painting communicates ideas about life and art. The exhibition is arranged by a series of “constellations,” or groupings: New Approaches to Traditional Subjects: the Landscape and Figure; A Faux Naïve Style; The Painting as Object: A Critique of Illusion in Painting; The Phenomenon of Form and Color, Appropriation and Collage in Painting; and In-Between Representation and Abstraction. The work of approximately 75 of the most important artists of the last 60 years is featured, including Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Jasper Johns, H.C. Westermann, Josef Albers, Rene Magritte, and Francis Bacon; featured Chicago artists include Kerry James Marshall, Judy Ledgerwood, Scott Reeder, Marie Krane Bergman, and Vera Klement.