Painting Now: Five Contemporary Artists (12 November 2013 – 9 February 2014) focuses on the recent work of Tomma Abts, Gillian Carnegie, Simon Ling, Lucy McKenzie and Catherine Story, each of whom has developed their own distinctive approach to painting today. Opening at Tate Britain in November 2013, the exhibition presents different responses to the specific practice of painting. Subtle overlaps and affinities that can be drawn out of the varied work of these five artists offer a range of answers to the proposition of what painting might mean now.
The exhibition reveals some of the different relationships that exist between contemporary practice and more traditional approaches to painting, picture making and image construction and provides an opportunity for a wide-ranging and critical discussion about painting. The work in the exhibition shows that by adopting traditional manners, these artists break from the conventions of painting.