New Image Painters v. Zombie Formalists

Katherine Bernhardt, Everything in Pink, 2014, acrylic and spray paint on canvas
Katherine Bernhardt, Everything in Pink, 2014, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96 x 120 inches (courtesy of the artist and CANADA Gallery)

Sharon Butler blogs about two exhibitions - Don't Look Now at Zach Feuer in New York (closed) and New Image Painting at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (August 23 - October 4, 2014).

Butler writes that both shows "[suggest] that a renewed interest in traditional genres--portrait, still life, landscape--is thriving within the painting community... That galleries are positioning a new kind of painting to replace what they (and many critics) see as a tired form of abstraction is a salutary development and very different from the days when the objectness of Minimalism, performance, installation, and electronic media challenged painting."