October 16, 2012 to January 14, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Painting the Void, 1949-1962 focuses on destruction as a mode of production in international postwar painting, and particularly on many of the earliest experiments of artists who moved the two-dimensional medium of painting towards the three-dimensionality of sculpture. Responding to the social and political climate of the postwar period–especially the crisis of humanity resulting from the atomic bomb–artists in the United States and abroad ripped, cut, burned, or affixed objects to the traditionally two-dimensional canvas. Painting the Void, 1949-1962 marks the first time that these strategies have been considered together as a coherent mode of artistic production.
Curated by former MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, Destroy the Picture will feature more than 90 breakthrough works created between the late 1940s and the early 1960s by 26 artists from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.