Paint by Numbers | Galerie Eva Presenhuber: Mitchell Anderson

23 April - 28 May 2022


Curated by Gianni Jetzer
Mitchell Anderson, Tina Braegger, Anton Bruhin, Othmar Farré, Gina Fischli, Annamarie Ho, Damien Juillard, Tobias Kaspar, Jan Kiefer, Laura Langer
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich
April 23 – May 28, 2022


Paint-by-Numbers is an exhibition that revolves around contemporary artists who take a conceptual approach to painting, often following non-established production methods such as painting with industrial fabrics, logotypes, graphic designs, the cross, LEGO bricks, smartphones, borrowed motifs, or simply an empty stretcher bar, thus raising the question: How can you hone painting down to its bare conceptual bones while keeping it pertinent?


In 1962, Andy Warhol introduced a series of paintings based on the famous DIY art kit Paint-by-Numbers. Thereby he was countering the predominant style of abstract expressionism and its adoration of highly subjective gestures. Warhol's conceptual approach, by contrast, was detached, calculating, but painterly nonetheless.


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