Allan McCollum, Pam Beale, 1971

Spotlight Talk: Allan McCollum's Pam Beale

August 25, 2010
5 pm
Meredith Malone
Kemper Art Museum

Allan McCollum’s Pam Beale (1971) is made up of a series of rectangular strips of dyed and bleached canvas adhered together with caulk and then attached in its entirety directly to the wall. Amidst the subtle gradations of grey that undulate across this unstretched canvas, an underlying pattern in the form of a large diamond slowly becomes visible. This work is one in a series of “constructed paintings,” each meticulously assembled by the artist to reveal a unique pattern. Focusing on an early moment in the career of this renowned contemporary American artist, this Spotlight talk will examine McCollum’s contributions to Southern California abstraction and his participation in a broader international discourse concerning the condition of painting and the problem of abstraction in the early 1970s.

Read the Spotlight essay by associate curator Meredith Malone >>