Mind & Matter
May 23 — September 20, 2014
With Carl Andre, stanley brouwn, Robert Grosvenor, Sol LeWitt, and Lawrence Weiner.
Curator: Daniel Marzona.
This exhibit focuses on a group of artists who began working in the late 1950s, and on the decade that followed. They are all considered to be part of the minimalist movement and conceptual art, and all very influential towards new ways of thinking about what art might be.
The artists known as “minimalists” tried to find ways of breaking out of the expressionist tradition by eschewing any allusion in both the presentation of their simple structures and the material from which they are produced, which have no symbolic meaning. “Conceptual” artists, on the other hand, began to abandon the material aspect of a piece in order to focus on ideas (especially those based on linguistic structures), which led to a growing dematerialization of the art piece.
Although these are often considered antagonistic movements, this exhibit hopes to expand the perception of their commonalities. Minimal and conceptual artists are juxtaposed with mind and matter in the same way, avoiding any hierarchy between the two. The exhibit aims to open new paths towards an art approach that deemphasizes individual expression of mind or matter, while showing and exploring mind and matter themselves.