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Norbert Schwontkowski at the Williams College Museum of Art

For Painting Between The Lines, fourteen contemporary painters created newly commissioned paintings based on descriptions of paintings in historical and contemporary novels by authors such as Marcel Proust, Samuel Beckett, Sylvia Plath, and Milan Kundera. By examining the ways contemporary artists look at storytelling, literature and writing as expressions of individual thought, Painting Between The Lines looks at the state of contemporary painting today, presenting some of its most innovative practitioners such as Laylah Ali, Marcel Dzama, and Fred Tomaselli.

This exhibition has been organized by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco.  Lead sponsorship of Painting Between the Lines is generously provided by the Fiorucci Art Trust. Additional support has been provided by Laura & Joe Sweeney, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco, and the Netherlands Cultural Services.