May 24th 2018

Inspired by Tang Chang’s combinations of abstract mark making and writing, artist Oscar Murillo and Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art Orianna Cacchione discuss the relationship of text, image, and abstraction in modern and contemporary art.

Throughout his career, Chang pushed the boundaries of “action” painting and poetry to create canvases that resisted both the orthodoxy of modern Thai art and changes in Thai society. Murillo’s practice formally and conceptually resonates with Chang’s innovations. In his paintings, Murillo pieces together sections of canvas covered with dense gestural lines, words and images. These works trace histories of exchange, trade, and social relations.

Presented in conjunction with ‘Tang Chang: The Painting that is Painted with Poetry is Profoundly Beautiful’ (through August 5).

Oscar Murillo (born 1986) received his BFA in 2007 from the University of Westminster, London, followed by a MFA in 2012 from the Royal College of Art, London. Murillo’s works and projects have been exhibited in major institutions and biennial events worldwide, including Yarat Contemporary Art Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan (2017); the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (2015); Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2016); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012). Murillo’s work was most recently seen earlier this year at a solo exhibition at the Haus der Kunst in Munich.

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