Almine Rech Gallery will present Still Life a selection of works by twentieth-century artists who explored the genre, pushing its conventional boundaries in evermore surprising ways. With extant works dating as far back as ancient Egypt, still life painting was formalised by a set of structures during the Renaissance period and has remained its own significant class ever since. Typically depicting inanimate objects in careful arrangement usually upon a table or other flat surface, still life painting allows the artist a unique opportunity to test formal practices and experiment with light, shadow, and realistic accuracy. Beginning in the late nineteenth century artists began to reconsider the strictures imposed upon still life painting. Through works by Alexander Calder, Maria Lassnig, Pablo Picasso, and Tom Wesselmann Still Life will highlight several of the Modernists who led the way in breaking from the genre’s long-established traditions.
Text by Jessica Holmes. Courtesy Almine Rech.