Sometimes the best and most gripping works of art aim to shatter the “picture plane” barrier with the artist. A fascinating group exhibition — featuring some of the biggest names working today and exploring this exciting theme — recently opened. Details here!
“The Fourth Wall” is a compelling group exhibition that recently opened at Paul Booth Gallery in New York City aiming to destroy the barriers between audience and art through attention-grabbing composition, awkward narrative, and raw, powerful emotion. Featuring some of the biggest artists working today — including Mike Cockrill, Christopher Gullander, Mercedes Helnwein, Aaron Johnson, Will Kurtz, Adam Miller, David Molesky, Sophia Narrett, Odd Nerdrum, Ekaterina Panikanova, Lou Ros, Richard Scott, Levan Songulashvili, Ben Tolman, and Barnaby Whitfield — “the artists have created scenes of violence or distressing awkwardness to highlight the fact that you, as the onlooker, have no power to change the events.
“The figures in the works are either set apart and looking directly at the audience or daring you to take a step into their world and participate,” the gallery writes. “With this exhibition, the artists are attempting to reveal the truth about the roots of humanity’s history and recurrent behaviors in the light of current cultural dynamics and the psychology of modern society.”
“The Fourth Wall” opened on August 13 and will continue through September 10. To learn more, visit Paul Booth Gallery.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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