Beware Wet Paint

  • ICA |
  • 24 September – 16 November 2014

Celebrating the renaissance of painting in the 21st century through works by Korakrit Arunanondchai, Nikolas Gambaroff, Parker Ito and Christopher Wool.

Oscar Murillo, Distribution Center, 2014 Photo Credit: Josh White/JW Pictures © the artist, courtesy Carlos/Ishikawa, London

Oscar Murillo, Distribution Center, 2014

The exhibition takes its title from a Marcel Duchamp quote, as recalled by Richard Hamilton. Hamilton described Duchamp as saying it slowly with additional emphasis on the word 'beware', as if issuing a warning not to overlook the subversive possibilities of this traditional art form.

The phrase could also refer to painting that has been placed in the hands of those who are 'practicing without a license' - an idea was discussed by Christopher Wool at a recent Guggenheim talk. Wool, who dropped out of formal art training at the New York Studio School and instead immersed himself in the world of underground film and music, has work shown here.

The exhibition is a two part project with an interlinked show at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin starting a month after the ICA's.

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Oscar Murillo’s large-scale paintings are composed of rough-edged stitched canvases that often incorporate fragments of text as well as studio debris such as dirt and dust. The artist says his work is fundamentally tied to the studio environment where they are produced, telling BOMB magazine in 2013: 'Things get moved around, I step on them, and they get contaminated.

'It’s not about leaving traces; it’s about letting things mature on their own-like aging cheese or letting a stew cook, they get more flavorful. That’s kind of how these paintings are made.'


Venue details

ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall London SW1Y 5AH 020 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £1)

Tue - Sun, 11am – 11pm (Thu until 9pm)