Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960

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Black Aces, 1967 Acrylic On Canvas © Courtesy of Artist and Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960

2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
March 28th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009

United States
888 642-2787
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Thursday 10 AM-9 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM


Contemporary Works on Paper Gallery 263
Free Exhibition
The resurgence of geometric abstraction in the 1960s and ‘70s grew out of the international dominance of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and ‘50s. In seeking new forms of abstract art, leading artists of the American and European avant-garde began to reinvestigate the formal and conceptual power of simple geometric forms set in non-illusionistic space.

The various contemporary art movements grouped under the banner of geometric abstraction—Post-painterly abstraction, Hard Edge painting, Color Field painting, Op Art, Minimalism—are all indebted to the early 20th-century experiments of such pioneering modernists as Vassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Josef Albers, and Piet Mondrian. These and other Russian and European painters rejected representational and narrative conventions, inventing a nonobjective visual language that emphasized fundamental pictorial elements—color, line, form, shape, texture, and composition. It is their achievements and legacy upon which contemporary developments in geometric abstraction were built.

Drawn from the MIA’s permanent collection of contemporary art, the exhibition highlights important editioned prints and portfolios and a selection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, and multiples.