Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia, South Carolina

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Heroic Painting

July 18 - September 20, 1998


Vincent Desiderio, The Progress of Self Love, 1990, oil on canvas (center panel of triptych), 111 1/2 x 341 3/4 inches overall,

Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery, Inc. New York

This exhibition of work by seven contemporary artists will demonstrate the continued existence and vitality of painting in the "Grand Manner." During the 19th Century, particularly in Europe, artists adopted the method of painting in a large scale to give added importance to contemporary issues. This technique is still being used by artists such as Mark Tansey and Vincent Desiderio to give added weight and meaning to topics of modern-day concern. The scale of these paintings will dramatically show off the new museum's special exhibition galleries while, at the same time, bringing the work of these important artists to our visiting public.


Walton Ford, A Faulty Seat, 1992, oil on wood, 38 x 48 3/4 inches, Collection of Margot Frankel, New York

Organization: This exhibition was organized by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sara Lee Corporation is the corporate sponsor for this exhibition.


Julie Heffernan, Self-Portrait as Infanta Maria Teresa Playing Coriolanus, 1995, oil on canvas, 47 3/4 x 61 3/4 inches,

Courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York


Sponsor: The Columbia presentation is made possible by a generous grant from NationsBank.


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