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Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction

Art | January 5, 2020 |

Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
December 18, 2019 – July 20, 2020

From December 18, 2019, through July 20, 2020, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction. Featuring a selection of nearly a dozen paintings and works on paper from the Guggenheim collection by Agnes Martin, Roman Opałka, Park Seo-Bo, and others, this presentation explores how artists operating in a variety of contexts foregrounded process as they forged new approaches to abstraction. The exhibition is organized by David Max Horowitz, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

During the 1960s and 1970s, many artists working with abstraction rid their styles of compositional, chromatic, and virtuosic flourishes. As some turned toward such minimal approaches, a singular emphasis on their physical engagement with materials emerged. The resulting pieces-whether characterized by interlocking brushstrokes, a pencil moved through wet paint, or a pin repeatedly pushed through paper-invite viewers to imaginatively reenact aspects of the creative process. Doing so fosters an intimate understanding of these works, as it allows for interpretations based on an appreciation of the duration, intensity, and rhythm that each required. This focus on making process visible had become more prominent during the 1950s with the international rise of gestural abstraction, but it had never been accentuated so insistently nor made so accessible until artists began to explore its possibilities in the following decades.

Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The individuals who made this effect central to their art are associated with a variety of global movements. What unites them is not necessarily a shared belief in what art should accomplish or express, nor participation in a closely linked interpersonal network. Instead, it is their implicit trust in viewers’ capacity to put themselves in the artist’s position as they consider the object in front of them. It is a distinctively empathetic mode of engagement that relies on an awareness of oneself as inhabiting both a body and time, and, perhaps even more importantly, a consciousness of the embodied experiences of others.

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Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Marking Time: Process in Minimal Abstraction
Image courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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