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Richard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain at The Orange County Museum of Art

February 6, 2013 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) presents one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever organized by the museum. Richard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain is the first retrospective devoted to one of the most radical artists of the last 40 years. Jackson has expanded the possibilities of painting more than any other contemporary figure; his wildly inventive, exuberant, and irreverent take on “action” painting has dramatically extended its performative and spatial dimensions, merged it with sculpture, and repositioned it as an art of everyday experience rather than one of heroic myth. The only American presentation of Ain’t Painting a Pain will be on view in Newport Beach from February 17th through May 5th. The exhibition then travels to the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, Germany and to the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K) in Ghent, Belgium.

Installation view, Richard Jackson, The Little Girl's Room, September 10 – October 19, 2011, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Photography: Fredrik Nilsen

Richard Jackson, The Little Girl’s Room, September 10 – October 19, 2011
Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Photography: Fredrik Nilsen

The exhibition is conceived as a series of eleven room-scale installations from 1970 to 2011, most never before shown in the United States, accompanied by over 150 of Jackson’s related preparatory drawings, works on paper, and models. Foremost among these is 100 Drawings (1978), each a different proposal for a painting project, presented for the first time since its creation. To especially mark the occasion of this retrospective, Jackson will produce a major new outdoor piece, Bad Dog, a 28 foot-high puppy establishing his territory on the side of the museum. The exhibition, curated by OCMA Director Dennis Szakacs, is the first devoted to a living artist to occupy the museum’s entire exhibition space.

“Jackson’s humility and humor make his work all the more bold, and his example of quiet perseverance devoted to difficult, uncompromising work is one that other artists, and all museums, would do well to follow more frequently” states Szakacs.

Richard Jackson Self Portrait, 2011

Richard Jackson, Self Portrait, 2011
Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland

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Megan Koester is a Los Angeles-based writer who's irrationally obsessed with comedy, cocktails and Californian culture (as well as alliteration). According to The Huffington Post, she's one of 18 Funny Women You Should Be Following on Twitter (assuming that sort of thing impresses you). You can follow her @BornFeral.

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