June 22–September 16, 2018

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century

Ingram Gallery

  • Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi; based in Brooklyn). Funkalicious fruit field, 2007. Ink, paint, mixed media, and plastic pearls on Mylar, 92 1/8 x 106 in. Collection of Glenn Scott Wright, London. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Wangechi Mutu

  • Ali Banisadr (b. 1976, Tehran; based in New York). Contact, 2013. Oil on linen; support: 82 x 120 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman, by exchange, Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, Elisabeth H. Gates Fund, by exchange, Charles W. Goodyear and Mrs. Georgia M. G. Forman Funds, by exchange, Philip J. Wickser Fund,by exchange, Gift of Mrs. Seymour H. Knox, Sr., by exchange, Gift of Miss Amelia E. White, by exchange, 2014, 2014:8. © Ali Banisadr. Photo: Tom Loonan

  • Franz Ackermann (b. 1963, Neumarkt-Sankt Veit, Germany; based in Berlin). Untitled (yet), 2008–9. Oil on canvas, 109 5/8 x 216 1/8 in. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis; University purchase with funds from the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, 2011, WU 2011.0001. © Franz Ackermann

  • Rashid Johnson (b. 1977, Chicago; based in New York). Untitled Anxious Audience, 2016. White ceramic tile, black soap, and wax, 73 x 94 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. Private collection. © Rashid Johnson

  • Ahmed Alsoudani (b. 1975, Baghdad; based in New York). Birds, 2015. Acrylic, charcoal, and colored pencil on canvas, 82 x 52 in. Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Contemporary. © Ahmed Alsoudani

  • Rokni Haerizadeh (b. 1978, Tehran; based in Dubai). But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, 2014. 1 of 10 parts exhibited from a 24-part work: gesso, watercolor, and ink on inkjet prints, 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. each. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund, 2015.89.9. © Rokni Haerizadeh

  • Corinne Wasmuht (b. 1964, Dortmund, Germany; based in Berlin). Bibliotheque/CDG-BSL, 2011. Triptych: oil on wood mounted on aluminum; each panel: 83 x 95 in.; overall: 83 x 285 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, 2011, 2011:44a-c. © Corinne Wasmuht. Image courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York

  • Barnaby Furnas (b. 1973, Philadelphia; based in New York). Untitled (Flood), 2007. Urethane on linen; support: 84 x 140 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, 2010, 2010:12. © Barnaby Furnas. Photo: Tom Loonan

  • Sarah Walker (b. 1963, Bethesda, MD; based in Brooklyn). Tanglement, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 66 in. Courtesy of the artist and PIEROGI, New York. © Sarah Walker

  • Matthew Ritchie (b. 1964, London; based in New York). A bridge, a gate, an ocean, 2014. Oil and ink on canvas, 94 x 120 x 2 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. © Matthew Ritchie

Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century includes paintings by an international array of artists, including Franz Ackermann, Ahmed Alsoudani, Eddy Kamuanga, Wangechi Mutu, Sue Williams, and many more, that induce feelings of disturbance, mystery, and expansiveness through the portrayal of forces shaping and hastening social transformation in ways that are increasingly difficult to predict, such as globalism, ideological conflict, technology, science, and philosophy. These forces can make people feel frightened by their ungraspable breadth and powerful influence, or inspired by their promise of a previously unimaginable understanding of connectedness. These sensations are associated with the sublime, a word that has traditionally referred to the feeling of being awed or terrified by the unfathomable nature of God and the cosmos. Chaos and Awe equates the sublime with the depth and mystery of the human mind and its extension into the world.

This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

 

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