Eddie Martinez, Untitled (detail), 2020.
November 17, 2023–June 23, 2024
Bradley Family Gallery
Free for Members
Included with admission
The landmark survey 50 Paintings features works created within the last five years by 50 international artists, highlighting the artistic trends in practice today. With paintings by artists including Amy Sherald, Cinga Samson, GaHee Park, Nicole Eisenman, Cecily Brown, and Peter Barrickman, the exhibition celebrates the medium’s continued relevance and aesthetic range, and invites visitors to engage in close looking and formulate their own assessments of trends in contemporary painting.
The 50 works presented in the exhibition demonstrate myriad approaches to the medium. Painting—as a form, a language, a practice—is the focus, and the survey format underscores the many concepts and strategies present-day artists employ. 50 Paintings offers visitors 50 distinct opportunities to experience this traditional art form shaped by the imaginations of artists influencing the direction of painting today.
50 Paintings was co-curated by Margaret Andera, senior curator of contemporary art, and Michelle Grabner, artist, curator, and Crown Family Professor of Art and Chair of Painting and Drawing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Amy Sherald (American, b. 1973), Sometimes the king is a woman, 2019.
54 × 43 × 2½ in. © Amy Sherald. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Carmen Neely (American, b. 1987), another way to imagine your details, 2023.
Oil on canvas. 60 × 48 in. Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim. Photo courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim
Peter Barrickman (American, b. 1971), Sleeping Dogs, 2021
Acrylic and oil on canvas. 42 × 40 in. (106.68 × 101.6 cm). Courtesy of The Green Gallery, Milwaukee
Judy Ledgerwood (American, b. 1959), Yummy Yum, 2021.
Oil on canvas. 68 × 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Photo courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Tristan Unrau (American, b. 1989), INVITATION, 2022–23
Oil on linen, 55 × 43 in. Courtesy of Sebastian Gladstone. Photo courtesy of Ruben Diaz and Sebastian Gladstone
GaHee Park (South Korean, b. 1985), Winter Snail, 2021
Oil on canvas. 27 × 22 in. (68.58 × 55.88 cm). Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Museum purchase with funds provided by John Auerbach and Ed Tang. Photo courtesy of the Artist and Perrotin. Photo by Tanguy Beurdeley.
David Diao (American, b. China 1943), Rietveld’s Berlin Chair in Parts on a Vertical 3 color Ground, 2021
Acrylic on canvas. 66 × 54 in. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photo courtesy the artists and Greene Naftali, New York; photography by Zeshan Ahmed
Dan Walsh (American, b. 1960), Eclipse, 2020
Acrylic on canvas. 55 × 55 in. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery. Photo © Dan Walsh. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo by Steven Probert
Jake Troyli (American, b. 1990), Self-portrait as a country club legend, 2021.
Oil on canvas. 20 × 16 in. Collection of Kim and Casey Sadler. Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery. Collection of Kim and Casey Sadler.