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Painting in Public Space
January 21, 2009 By Dariusz Pietrzak   
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Poznań's Profil Gallery of Modern Art is exhibiting dozens of paintings from an international competition titled The Painting in Public Space. The exhibition is being held under the auspices of the City of Poznań, the local Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) and the Association of Polish Visual Artists (ZPAP).

The exhibition features works by artists from Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Nigeria. The competition is addressed to professional painters under the age of 40. Eighty-two artists submitted 176 paintings from which more than 50 were selected for the exhibition.

Michał Kotula took out the Grand Prix with his ¦l±ski blues (Silesia Blues), an acrylic work on canvas depicting a Silesian factoryscape. The region's characteristic blacks and grays predominate what is generally a graphic picture, with traces of pink and red scattered here and there, hinting that a different kind of latent energy might be lurking.

Works by Central and Eastern European artists stand alongside those of their Western peers, who apparently distance themselves from traditional painting. The Easterners, on the other hand, stay closer to the achievements of their predecessors.

Poznań, Profil Gallery of Modern Art, Zamek Cultural Center, 80/82 ¦więty Marcin St. Open until Jan. 30.
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