"Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962" (on view at MCA Chicago, Feb 9–May 12, 2013) focuses on one of the most significant developments in contemporary abstract painting: the artist’s literal assault on the picture plane. Responding to the physical and psychological destruction wrought by World War II—especially the existential crisis resulting from the atomic bomb—artists ripped, cut, burned, and affixed objects to the canvas in lieu of paint. "Destroy the Picture" places the work of now-established artists back into the radical context in which it originally emerged, reigniting dynamic artistic dialogues and offering an innovative and expansive view of art making in the postwar period.
This exhibition is organized for the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles by Chief Curator Paul Schimmel and is overseen at MCA Chicago by James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling.
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