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Minimalist Art New York City

Less is More
April 7, 2014
By , Galavante Contributor

The place: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., thejewishmuseum.org

The show: Other Primary Structures: Others 1 (through May 18) and Others 2 (May 25–Aug. 3)

The space: In 1966, Jewish Museum curator Kynaston McShine presented Primary Structures, devoted to the movement that became known as Minimalism. Nearly 50 years later, the museum is revisiting the original influential show's concept with Other Primary Structures, which takes a different, more global view of the era. 

The artists: While the artists may not be as well-known as other big names in the New York City scene, many served as minimalist pioneers in their countries – and the exhibit is a timeless example of the minimalist movement. Polish artist Edward Krasinski's Untitled metal rod and wood appears to float in midair. Pakistani Rasheed Araeen’s piece is a painted steel structure that's undeniably imposing but also ethereal in a beautiful context of blue. And finally, any mathematician-turned-financier cannot help but revel in Argentine Oscar Bony’s Sinusoide or Structure, made from wood and yellow lacquer. 

The exhibit: The exhibit is staged in two parts, beginning with lesser-known artists from Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The second part focuses on art created between 1967 and 1970, which was influenced by the original show. Among the exhibitors in 1966 were Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, three American icons. Inspired by the early works, many of the current pieces are large-scale and geometric.

(Photos courtesy of The Jewish Museum and artists Oscar Bony and Rasheed Araeen)