I worked with art historian Tatiana Flores to help curate a show at the FSU Museum of Fine arts called “More is More: Maximalist Tendencies in Contemporary American Painting”. Professor Flores wrote a curatorial essay titled The “Ism” in Maximalism for the beautiful catalog that the museum published for the show. At the time, the word “maximalist” was a made-up adjective we were using to describe paintings that seemed perceptually and conceptually muti-demensional and intense.
We enjoyed seeing the word “maximalist” and “Maximalism” starting to be used about a year later by the New York Times and New Yorker writers but must admit, I wish they could have seen this show because if they had, I know they would have wanted to write about how great it was. One of the artist who came to the opening, Jin Meyerson, mentioned he thought this was by far the best painting show he had seen all year…and he lives in NYC!
You can see images of the show by going to my website and searching under Gallery Views.
The artists in the show were JAMES BARSNESS, DOUGLAS BOURGEOIS, ROB CLAYTON & the Clayton Brothers, MICHAEL ROQUE COLLINS, ROSSON CROW, REED DANZIGER, DANIEL DOVE, LILIAN GARCIA-ROIG, JULIE HEFFERNAN, MARK MESSERSMITH, JIN MEYERSON, GRANT MILLER, LOREN MUNK, ERIK PARKER, EMILIO PEREZ, LISA SANDITZ, DAN SUTHERLAND, GAEL STACK, MASAMI TERAOKA, NICOLA VERLATO, and ROBERT WILLIAMS…with a special appearnace of a 1966 Peter Saul painting…WOW!
Below is my brief co-curatorial statement on this concept behind this show titled “How to Do More with More: Embracing Maximalism in Contemporary Painting“. You can click on it to enlarge it so you can actually read it.
Full “More is More…” catalog pdf (3.6 MB) 2007MaxCatalogue