MARCH 9-JUNE 15, 2003
ELEMENTAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

Exhibition
GALLERY A


   
In 1966, Frank Stella said of his paintings, "Only what can be seen there is there." In other words, what you see is what you get. This statement is in keeping with one of the basic tenets of Minimalism--that the art object does not address anything other than the facts of its own making and its literal presence in the physical world. By the mid-1960s, critics and artists heralded the arrival of this new idea-based sensibility that seemed more in accordance with America's embrace of its burgeoning space program and new technologies than the metaphysical and transcendental aims of the Abstract Expressionists and the subjective impulses of the Action painters of the late 1940s and '50s. The exhibition Elemental seeks to illuminate the theoretical complexities of this art movement by examining its genesis in the 1960s, canonization in the 1970s, and transformation in the 1980s and beyond. Minimalist artists sought to eliminate traditional notions of originality and communicate a new vision of abstract art in which the logic of elemental forms and the psychological impact of their scale, materials, and placement within the gallery space were of paramount importance. These formal and conceptual works of art were meant to exist autonomously in the world, without metaphoric content or thematic associations.

 
 
Image
Larry Bell
UNTITLED
1967-1968
Walker Art Center

Image
Donald Judd
UNTITLED
1965
Harold D. Field Memorial Acquisition, 1966


Drawn from the exceptionally rich holdings of work from this period in the Walker's permanent collection, some 40 sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and artist's books are on view, highlighting such original practitioners as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Anne Truitt, and Sol LeWitt. Their work is shown alongside that of a roster of artists whose highly individuated practices in a variety of media are informed by Minimalist tendencies, including Larry Bell, Hanne Darboven, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, David Novros, Robert Smithson, Frank Stella, and Richard Tuttle.

Image
Ellsworth Kelly
BLACK CURVE
1962
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Edmond R. Ruben, 1995


RELATED EVENTS
FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2003, 2 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2003, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

RELATED
EVENTS
PANEL DISCUSSION: ELEMENTAL ARCHITECTURE

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2003, 2 PM
Three leading practitioners respond to trends in architecture and design that make use of Minimalist vocabulary.

FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2 PM
SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 31
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

APRIL
EVENTS
FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

MARCH EVENTS
FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2 PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

APRIL EVENTS
FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2 PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.




ELEMENTAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM JOANNE AND PHILIP VON BLON.