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Oranges and Sardines

Alice Neel's painting Thanksgiving, 1965, has been selected by the abstract painter Amy Sillman to be part of her display in the current exhibition Oranges and Sardines at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. The exhibition explores contemporary idioms in abstraction at the same time as alluding to some of the formative influences on the six artists who form the focus of the exhibition. The abstract artists selected are Mark Grotjahn, Wade Guyton, Mary Heilmann, Amy Sillman, Charline von Heyl and Christopher Wool. To go to the Hammer Museum website click here

The title of the exhibition is taken from Frank O'Hara's Why I am not a Painter, a poem that explores the creative process and the way in which works of art may be inspired by other works that bear no apparent resemblance to the finished painting. Such is cdertainly the case in relation to Neel's Thanksgiving and the work of Amy Sillman. O'Hara was the subject of two portraits by Alice Neel painted in 1960. The exhibition was curated by Gary Garrels and runs until 8 February 2009.