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Alice Kask (Estija). Du sėdintys vyrai. 2003, drobė, aliejus, 210x145
Vilniaus tapybos trienalė. Vilnius, Šiuolaikinio meno centras (2004 05 14–06 13)

Žygimantas Augustinas. Sunerimęs. 2002, drobė, aliejus, 80x53
Vilniaus tapybos trienalė. Vilnius, Šiuolaikinio meno centras (2004 05 14–06 13)


Why Are You Smiling, George?

by Viktoras Liutkus

The 12th Vilnius Painting Triennial leaves no doubt that painting still exists: artists keep on working in oils, and on canvas. Even if paintings exist into huge frameless spaces, the vivid colours and the trace of the nimble brush are still there, as well as powerful gesture or a more intimate touch of the artist’s hand. However, the critic finds that the 12th triennial largely continues the principles of the previous event, entitled The Painterly, instead of offering a new perspective or insights. The transformations and the shifts, which the 12th biennial claims to trace, the ‘disappearing boundaries of painting in a contemporary painting’ took place even before The Painterly held in 2000. The changes that took place over four years, argues the critic, do not alter the main direction. Therefore the event ‘plays with the same texts of painting to create new contexts’. Even the catalogue, written in the form of a dialogue, strikes as a paraphrasing of the outstanding text by A. Kreuger featured in the catalogue of The Painterly. This must be a dialogue between catalogues, a symptom truly postmodern.

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