press release

By the mid-1960s, critics and artists heralded the arrival of Minimalism, an idea-based sensibility that seemed more in keeping 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 1950s. From very early antecedents, to the purest examples of Minimalism, this exhibition will provide a genealogy of the movement while showcasing one of the strongest areas of the Walker's collection.

Major works by Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, and Robert Smithson provide a foundation for the exhibition. Although the works of these artists share many of the same formal devices, each came to a minimalist aesthetic through a different point of view. What may appear to be a clearly defined aesthetic is revealed in this exhibition to be an open discourse about influences, form, and content. The installation of the Walker Art Center's collection is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation, Inc.

Part of Collection Exhibitions
Kuratoren: Richard Flood, Philippe Vergne, Joan Rothfuss, Siri Engberg, Douglas Fogle, Olukemi Ilesanmi, Elizabeth Carpenter

Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson