RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED

FEBRUARY 6–MAY 3, 2020

More than any other artist of his time, Richard Jackson (*1939) has focused his attention on the radical expansion of painting. The American artist pushes the formal boundaries of the picturesque and creates situations, which link the application of the paint through the use of machines to its processual aspect. Jackson combines critical commentaries on painting with social contexts, pairing them with provocative wit and ambiguities, as well as references to iconic works by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg.

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, The War Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is assembling five characteristic Rooms by Richard Jackson ―room installations based on the principle of automated painting.

Inside the rooms, comic-like figures, animals, or objects become the protagonists in a unique process―air compressors and pumps cause rich colors to flow through tubes and funnels, through ears, mouths, and other body orifices and spread them across the floor, walls, furnishings, and the protagonists themselves. The thematic rooms document a painting process which is detached from the artist and expands into the spatial. By the time visitors enter the space, it is all over. They become the investigators of the previous spectacular painting act and voyeurs of bizarre scenarios.

Richard Jackson, The Dining Room (Detail), 2006-2007, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Guillaume Grasset

Wall Panels of the exhibition "Richard Jackson. Unexpected Unexplained Unaccepted"

05.02.2020 | From February 6 to May 3, 2020, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is assembling for the first time five of Richard Jackson's altogether twelve characteristic "Rooms".

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16.01.2020 | For the first time, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is assembling five characteristic Rooms by the artist Richard Jackson—room installations based on the principle of automated painting

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RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

Richard Jackson, The Dining Room (Detail), 2006-2007, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Guillaume Grasset

Richard Jackson, The Dining Room (Detail), 2006-2007, Courtesy the artist, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Guillaume Grasset

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, The Dining Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, The War Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, The War Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

Richard Jackson, The War Room (Detail), 2006-2007. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Installation view, Richard Jackson: Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, 2012. Photo: Joshua White

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, The Delivery Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, Bed Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

RICHARD JACKSON. UNEXPECTED UNEXPLAINED UNACCEPTED, Exhibition View, Bed Room and The War Room, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2020, Photo: Marc Krause

Richard Jackson, Courtesy Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, © Richard Jackson, Photo: Marianne le Metayer

Matthias Ulrich, Curator of the exhibition, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, Photo: Gaby Gerster