Daniel Sturgis












The Indiscipline of Painting

Tomma Abts, John M. Armleder, Tauba Auerbach, Martin Barré, Francis Baudevin, Daniel Buren, André Cadere, Ingrid Calame, Keith Coventry, Michael Craig‑Martin, Karin Davie, Peter Davies, Gene Davis, David Diao, Moira Dryer, Bernard Frize, Michelle Grabner, Tim Head, Alex Hubbard, Katharina Grosse, Peter Halley, Jane Harris, Mary Heilmann, Jacob Kassay, Richard Kirwan, Imi Knoebel, Bob Law, Sherrie Levine, Jeremy Moon, Olivier Mosset, Carl Ostendarp, Blinky Palermo, Steven Parrino, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Ruth Root, Robert Ryman, Sean Scully, Frank Stella, Myron Stout, Daniel Sturgis, Cheyney Thompson, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle, Dan Walsh, Andy Warhol, Peter Young, Heimo Zobernig

The Indiscipline of Painting  was selected by British artist Daniel Sturgis, and curated with Martin Clark, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives and Sarah Shalgosky, Curator, University of Warwick.

The Indiscipline of Painting was an international group exhibition including works by forty-nine artists from the 1960s to 2012. Selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, it considers how the languages of abstraction have remained urgent, relevant and critical as they have been revisited and reinvented by subsequent generations of artists over the last 50 years. It goes on to demonstrate the way in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today.

The contemporary position of abstract painting is problematic. It can be seen to be synonymous with a modernist moment that has long since passed, and an ideology which led the medium to stagnate in self-reflexivity and ideas of historical progression. The Indiscipline of Painting challenges such assumptions. It reveals how painting’s modernist histories, languages and positions have continued to provoke ongoing dialogues with contemporary practitioners, even as painting’s decline and death has been routinely and erroneously declared.

The show brought together works by British, American and European artists made over the last five decades and features major new commissions and loans. It includes important works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter and Bridget Riley alongside other perhaps lesser known artists such as Tomma Abts, Martin Barré, Mary Heilmann and Jeremy Moon.

Catalogue available from Tate Publishing and Cornerhouse 

Catalogue designed by Stefi Orazi

Catalogue Edited by Martin Clark, Sarah Shalgosky Daniel Sturgis, with texts by Daniel Sturgis Read and Terry R Myers, Alison Green, Bob Nickas, and Stephen Mooney.  

installation Tate St Ives (Knoebel, Diao, Richter)


installation Tate St Ives (Palermo, Ryman, Torino, Palermo, Stout)


installation Tate St Ives (Head, Parrino, Warhol)


installation Tate St Ives (Ostendarp, Sturgis, Frize)


installation Mead Gallery (Reed, Levine, Law, Parrino, Barré)


installation Mead Gallery (Davies, Heilmann, Baudevin)


installation Mead Gallery (Auerbach, Moon, Riley, Ostendarp)