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The title for the exhibition was borrowed from American poet Frank O’Hara’s poem Why I Am Not a Painter, which reflects on the elusiveness of the creative process, often resulting in a finished work that bears no resemblance to its initial inspiration. Oranges and Sardines: Conversations on Abstract Painting hoped to offer manifold examples of abstraction's inventive potential and will suggest varied reasons why it remains vital and essential to contemporary art. Similarly, the works of the six artists who developed the exhibition may be viewed with more complex appreciation and more insightful understanding. Curator Gary Garrels gives a walkthrough.