Exhibition Dates

June 20, 2017 - July 15, 2017


Thursday, June 22, 6 - 8 pm

Press Release


The Painting Center, an artist-run gallery in Chelsea, announces a call for entries for its juried summer exhibition FIGHT OR FLIGHT. This exhibition is about the practice of making art during tumultuous times. Some artists express their personal responses to world events, while others intentionally ignore what is going on and make art that becomes a refuge from the turbulence surrounding them.

Looking back to specific artists’ reactions to unsettled times, there are Picasso’s Guernica and Gerhard Richter’s cycle of paintings October 18, 1977. On the other hand, Matisse created his joyful collaged paper cutouts for his Jazz series during World War II in France, and Jackson Pollock’s poured paintings were created in the nineteen fifties during the McCarthy era. Creativity can feed off the inspiration of current events and/or a personal vision. We are looking for artists’ responses to these times in which we live, in 2017. 

FIGHT OR FLIGHT is open to all media with the exception of digital art and giclee prints.


Application Process: Slide Room:

Images Above: (l) Guernica (detail), Pablo Picasso; (r) Les Codomas (detail), Henri Matisse

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