Zeit Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Edelman Arts, is pleased to announce the exhibition Minimal Means: Concrete Inventions in the US, Brazil and Spain, on view at 111E 70th St, New York, NY, from January 24th through March 16th, 2019.
Curated by Joan Robledo-Palop, Minimal Means is a conversation about space and the way people occupy and imagine that space in three parts of the world. The exhibit focuses on a group of artists whose creative careers began to evolve in the mid 1950s and 1960s in the United States, Brazil and Spain. The presentation showcases thirty works by seventeen artists who have never before been juxtaposed in an exhibition and explores seemingly simultaneous ideas and methodologies, which actually developed independently and organically. With common roots in the art of Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian and the experience of the Bauhaus, the artists in this exhibition expanded the legacy of constructivism and geometric abstraction into a new era. This reassessment produced objects defined by geometry, clarity and apparent simplicity, reducing the formal aspects of the work of art to a minimal set of elements with endless possibilities. Informed by new theories about the experience of existence, from Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of perception to Ludwig Wittgenstein’s linguistics, these artists sought to transform the modes of sensory perception through radical formal investigation.