Surface, Support, Process: The 1960s Monochrome in the Guggenheim Collection

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Robert Mangold, 1/3Gray-Green Curved Area, 1966

November 19, 2011–February 8, 2012

Since the late 1910s, artworks that explore the aesthetic potential of a single color or narrow spectrum of tones have emerged from a diverse range of artistic practices. This focused selection of monochrome works reveals how an apparently simple formal device served for many artists as the point of departure for a complex re-evaluation of painting and sculpture. From Robert Ryman’s sustained interrogation of the fundamental materials and processes of painting to the ethereal interplay of light and space in Mary Corse’s work, the monochrome affords a nuanced lens through which to understand the art of the 1960s.

Megan Fontanella, Assistant Curator, Collections and Provenance, and Lauren Hinkson, Assistant Curator, Collections

Robert Mangold, 1/3 Gray-Green Curved Area, 1966. Oil on Masonite, two panels, 121.9 x 212.7 cm overall. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Panza Collection 91.3781. © 2011 Robert Mangold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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