This book draws a tentative map of recent developments in painting. After a long period of "announced death", so many times repeated, painting is now experiencing an intense expansion, returning from the relative oblivion to which it was doomed.
The editor invites you to take a tour of the work of 45 artists (grouped in categories that aim to provide simple organization criteria) and to read a set of essays that generally reflect on the last decade of painting practice.
The statement – which defines current pictorial practices – that "any image is a possible painting" raises a question about the current nature of the medium, as well as its productive ethics. Mapping the painting of recent years is a difficult task if not even impossible, such is the diversity of its methods, typologies, procedures and imagery.
In this complex web of relationships, between the issues of representation of the space it poses to the viewer, in the dialogues it establishes with photography, at the confluence between tradition – which is inherent to it as a method of producing images – and innovation, what place does it fit today? the painting?
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