Slow Magic at the Bluecoat

Alicia Paz with 'Witches Coven' 2008
Alicia Paz with 'Witches Coven' 2008
Andrew Bick with 'OGV [Spider]B' 2008/9
Andrew Bick with 'OGV (Spider)B' 2008/9
Vincent Falsetta 'Selection of Panels' 2006-9
Vincent Falsetta 'Selection of Panels' 2006-9

I’m very late with this review, the show ends on Sunday but I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, others will have told you how good it is and you will have gone to see it for yourself.

Slow Magic at the Bluecoat
31 July – 13 September 2009 Free admission

Slow Magic examines different approaches to contemporary painting that are playful and enchanting. Featuring the work of six international artists, the exhibition will offer summer visitors to the Bluecoat lively and colourful show. Exhibiting artists are: Andrew Bick (UK), Rafal Bujnowski (Poland), Tomory Dodge (USA), Vincent Falsetta (USA), Henriette Grahnert (Germany), Alicia Paz (Mexico)

We went to two of the talks as well, the first by Vincent Falsetta and the final one last Saturday by Andrew Bick and Alicia Paz. Both very interesting talks, we learnt a lot about the artists, their work and processes.

The previous show at the Bluecoat was all about drawing this is very much about painting and the suggestion that there may be a welcome resurgence of confidence in the potential of painting in the last decade. The curator, Sarah-Jayne Parsons, has gathered a very good selection of painters and their recent works and the artists’ own love of the medium and its (magical) possibilities is obvious.

The exhibition seems just as fresh each time I visit, there’s time for another look before it ends I reckon.

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