Mary Heilmann (1940-), Little 9×9, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 55 x 55 x 4.5 cm, Ursula Hauser Collection.
Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Sun in an Empty Room, 1963, oil on canvas, 73 x 100cm, Private Collection.
Painting has often been declared dead since the 1960s, yet it refuses to die. Even the status and continued legitimacy of the medium has been repeatedly placed in question. So why does it continue to make a splash?