Creating the New Century, a jam-packed exhibition with few artists represented more than once, is on view at the Dayton Art Institute through July 10 and worth the trip up I-75. Drawn from the collection of Ohio businessman James Dicke, himself an exhibiting artist, all the works are post-2000 but reflect Dicke's admiration for 20th century stalwarts like Sean Scully, Philip Pearlstein and Alex Katz along with lesser-known artists whose careers also began before the new century
The exhibition is skewed toward paintings, with only a few three-dimensional works included. Post-2000 excursions into developing technology aren't seen here, either, but the quality of the work is high. The most radical piece is by Linda Besemer, whose paintings of the last decade consist of “acrylic paint bodies,” that is, paint itself with no support.
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