A new exhibition, “BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” highlights monumental canvases from the Palmer Museum of Art’s permanent collection — many of which have not been on view in recent years.
The canvases on view in “BIG Deal” — all of which measure at least 5 feet in a single dimension — range from abstract to figurative. Drawing on the ambitious scale of academic history painting, several of the paintings explore the narrative potential of the nude figure, while other politically charged works warn against violence brought on by war, the displacement of peoples and cultural conflict.
While the exhibition highlights numerous works created, and acquired, in the 1970s, concerns with size continue to loom large in contemporary art.
Keri Mongelluzzo, doctoral candidate in art history and graduate research assistant at the Palmer, started working with Robinson on an exhibition of paintings from the permanent collection in January. She