Geometric Obsession - American School 1965-2015
Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, 10/16/2015
Curator: Robert C. Morgan
Fifty years ago the curator William Seitz presented at the MOMA in New York a sample of optical art entitled The Responsive Eye. This proposal unfolded a panorama of contemporary pieces of this trend globally met by artists and groups from Italy, Argentina, USA, England, Poland, and others. With the help of one of the most important experts of the period and the geometric art, gallery owner Denise René, the exhibition made known perceptual investigations and spare retinal effect associated with the pure form, color and line.
On the occasion of the celebration of the fifty years that iconic sign, the proposed exhibition MACBA 2015 honors this central to the conception of his collection initiative, since many of the artists represented in the same correspond to those which occurred in that entonces¹ and seeks gather again in an initiative entitled Geometric Obsession. American School from 1965 to 2015.
This exhibition brings together thirty pieces of American artists of the abstract school in dialogue with contemporary artists who gave continuity to his legacy to the presente².
It is expected to turn a series of activities around the exhibition will feature a symposium with local and US specialists, for understanding the importance of this group and its impact on art history to the present. It is also estimated for 2016 roaming this exhibition in our country and regional level, in the first instance in Chile.
¹Los artists who are represented in the collection to responding to the initiative The Responsive Eye include: Josef Albers, Richard Anuzkiewicz, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, Sewell Sillman, Leon Polk Smith, Paul Feeley, Francis Celentano , Lorser Feitelson, Ernest Benkert, Hannes Beckmann, Leroy Lamis, William Kommodore, Francis Hewitt, Edwin Mieczkowszki, Julian Stanczak, Oli Sihvonen, Gene Davis, Sue Fuller, Henry Pearson, Mon Levinson, Arnold Schmidt, Thomas Downing, Alexander Liberman, Reginald Neal.
²Larry Zox, James Hilleary, Howard Mehring, Ilya Bolotowsky, Charles Joseph Biederman, Sanford Wurmfeld, Karen Hewitt, Charles Hinman, Paul Reed, Rakuko Naito, Edna Andrade, Tadasuke Kuwayama and Gabriele Evertz.