Space as Medium at Miami Art Museum

From Nov 20th, 2009 through Feb 28th, 2010.

Miami Art Museum presents Space as Medium, a group exhibition focusing on the development of artistic practices that directly address the walls, floors and ceilings of the physical spaces in which they are installed. The exhibition is conceived as an inter-generational dialogue among artists who helped develop these practices in the 1960s and the younger artists whom they have influenced and inspired, either directly or indirectly.

Space as Medium combines extant objects with commissioned, site-specific installations and includes works by William Anastasi, Lynda Benglis, Tom Burr, Ryan Gander, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton, Nicolas Lobo, Charles Ray and Rachel Whiteread.

“Spatial concerns and the related concept of ‘site specificity’ have been of central importance to contemporary art since at least the end of the 1950s; in the 1960s and 70s they comprised the primary focus for artists associated with Minimalism, Institutional Critique, Process Art and other tendencies,” said MAM Associate Curator René Morales, curator of Space as Medium. “The goal of this exhibition is to draw upon the rich ideas behind the approaches that those artists developed while exploring in depth some of the ways in which their underlying premises were later questioned, reconfigured and eventually redeployed.”

Space as Medium is structured around three loosely demarcated points of reference: New York in the 1960s and 70s, one of several primary points of origin for space-based practice; the 1980s and 90s, during which some of the assumptions of the previous generation were processed and built upon; and more recent, complex re-engagements with the earlier strategies, which collapse categories of critique and homage, formalism and “criticality,” viewer relation and scale, anti-aesthetics and visual exhilaration. The exhibition presents an ideal opportunity to assess current bodies of radically space-contingent work by artists such as Katharina Grosse in art-historical context, while shedding new insight onto the less chartered theoretical waters that they have opened up in recent years.

Miami Art Museum
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

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