Focus on Yves Klein in the UK

From 20 October to 5 March 2017, the exhibition “Yves Klein” comprising around 30 works by the French artist at the Tate Liverpool is a much anticipated event, for his work has not been the object of any large-scale exhibition in Britain for 20 years. Apart from his many influences on minimalism, conceptual art and performance — with his “living paintbrushes” for his “Anthropométries” series —, Klein is also significant for his alchemical research with colour dealer Édouard Adam, which yielded, at the artist’s request, the pigment known by the name of International Klein Blue...

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Minimalism at the George Economou Collection, Athens

The George Economou Collection, Athens is holding a collective exhibition entitled “Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism” which will open on 22 October 2015 and run until April 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Mark Godfrey and will feature works by Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Rashid Johnson, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John McCracken, and Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin. The exhibition is showing ten works that will expose a more nuanced side to Minimalism by exploring different debates, places and times. It will provide a journey for the viewer through the museum, beginning with an impressive brushed aluminium channel (1978) and early relief (1961) by Donald Judd, a plank (1988) by John McCracken and a painting (1966) by Agnes Martin. It will also feature Dan Flavin’s monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P. K. who reminded me about death) (1966), a work made from red fluorescent lamps and explicitly evoking the violence of the Vietnam War. Other works on the second floor will also reflect the relationship between Minimalism and history, such as Nikolai Suetin’s Suprematist Composition (1921) and Isa Genzken’s Gelbes Ellipsoid (Yellow Ellipsoid) (1976). The top floor of the exhibition explores the ideological implications of Minimalism as a new artistic discourse addressing loss, desire and identity, with works such as Robert Gober’s The Silent Sink (1984) evoking notions of loss and disease and Roni Horn’s Untitled (Billie), Untitled (Holiday) (2012) conveying the tragic romance of Billie Holiday’s music. The exhibition shows that Minimalism is not merely a blank canvas, but a kaleidoscopic mood board, as it is not quite so universally cool and clean as it supposes to...

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Artist Rosemarie Castoro dies aged 76

New York-based Minimalist artist Rosemarie Castoro died at the age of 76 of unknown causes, announced her gallery Broadway 1602. Rosemarie Castoro is a central figure, and one of relatively few female artists, in the New York Minimalist movement. At the start of the 1960s, she studied at the Pratt Institute, where she took inspiration from modern dance. During her time at the Pratt Institute, Castoro worked alongside Yvonne Rainer, a guiding force in experimental dance, theatre, and film. Later, Castoro focused on sculpture and installations, exploring materials such as concrete, wood, graphite, and metal. The artist also taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the University of Syracuse in New York state, the University of Colorado, the Pratt Institute, and Hunter College. Her work appears in collection in the MoMA and the National Gallery of Australia, as well as in corporate collections. Broadway 1602 have said that Castoro was very conscious of the fact that women artists in the Formalist movement did not escape the gender discrimination all-to-common at that time, though it did not deter her from devoting herself wholly to her...

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Carl Andre comes out of retirement to assist with survey preparations

At the age of 78, Carl Andre has come out of the retirement that he announced a few years ago to help curators add the finishing touches to a major retrospective of his work, which has just opened at the Dia Art Foundation. “Carl Andre: Sculpture as place” opened this week at Dia:Beacon, and runs until 2 March 2015. When preparations began for the exhibition two years ago, the sculptor reportedly stated that he would not be participating in the project. However, he has made several visits to the foundation’s premises in order to oversee the staging of the show. Carl Andre’s Minimalist approach redefined the boundaries of sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s. Heavily influenced by the shapes of Stonehenge and Brancusi’s sculpture – of whom he has called himself a disciple – Andre’s art is based on four guiding principles: flatness, which the artist executes by almost entirely reducing the traditional requirement of verticality; considering sculpture as a place; modular composition; and the use of raw materials. As a Minimalist artist and poet, Andre employs similar theories in his writing. His retrospective at the Dia Art Foundation is the first major survey of his work in the United States. Andre’s name has been somewhat tainted since the end of the 1980s, when his third wife fell to her death from the couple’s 34th-floor apartment. Although he was acquitted of second-degree murder, the media repercussions from the affair caused museums to be wary of exhibiting his work. Little has been seen of the artist in recent years, until this recent collaboration with...

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Minimalism at David Zwirner

New York, 22 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA) Until 1 March 2014, David Zwirner Gallery in New York is exhibiting prints by Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Fred Sandback. The gallery aims to offer a new perspective on Minimalism, which is better known for its three-dimensional pieces. The prints, created between 1961 and 1994, represent a new way in which artists were expressing their concept of space and material, and echo several iconic Minimalist works. The Minimalist movement, built around architect Mies Von der Rohe’s idea of “less is more”, developed during the 1960s as an antithesis to the subjectivity of Abstract Expressionism and the figurative aspect of Pop Art. Minimalist artists explored the notion of perception, creating works that reflected on the space surrounding...

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