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Commentary

UNITED STATES

Painting Over the lines

by Gregory Galligan

RISHAM SYED, No More Tears Baby Johnson, 2000, acrylic, gold leaf, watercolour, photocollage on wasli, 33 x 48.3 cm.

One of the unexpected benefits of the global economic slowdown has been a scaling back of 'blockbuster' exhibitions by museums in favour of more focused shows derived from their permanent collections. This new 'aesthetic economy' has its complement in the realm of contemporary art, as certain private and non-profit galleries explore their specialities in an ever more scholarly fashion, thereby serving as important symposiums…

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