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Abstract Resistance

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Untitled, 2008 Metal Basket, Motorcycle Helmets, Film Reel, Subway Straps, Cast Metal Object 13 1/2 X 25 1/2 X 13 1/4 In. © Gift of the artist and Helen van der Meij-Tcheng by exchange, 2009
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Huffy Howler, 2004 Wood, Polystyrene, Parex, Cement, Acrylic, Huffy Howler Bicycle, Handbags, Rocks, Stones, Gravel, Brick, Sheep Skin, Metal Pole, Enlarged Publicity Still Of Mel Gibson In Braveheart, Binder Clips 84 X 84 X 30 In.Overall Installed © Collection Walker Art Center T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 2008
Abstract Resistance
Curated by: Yasmil Raymond

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
February 27th, 2010 - May 23rd, 2010

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.walkerart.org
COUNTRY:  
United States
EMAIL:  
info@walkerart.org
PHONE:  
612.375.7600
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue - Sun 11am-5pm, Thu 11am -9pm
TAGS:  
collage, assemblage, photomontage

DESCRIPTION

With works ranging from the early 1950s to brand-new commissions, this exhibition brings together multiple generations of artists who revolted against the aesthetic orthodoxies of their time: now-legendary figures as well as younger artists currently making waves. Borrowing its title from a featured work by the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, Abstract Resistance considers the metaphor of “resistance” as a complex force—both formal and political—and showcases works that boldly confront the formal tensions between abstraction and representation. It explores ways in which artists have appropriated codes of abstraction to go beyond expressions of psychic or physical force and confront global, social, and political events of their times. As its title suggests, Abstract Resistance proposes an alternative framework for an art that is aesthetically inventive, ethically engaged, and politically defiant.