Museum of Contemporary Art

The Language of Less (Then and Now)

08 Oct 2011 - 15 Apr 2012

In Lübeck, Germany, Marlies Scholz wove a piece of cloth. She was asked to choose yarn the color of night and equaling the distance (12 km) from the earth to above the weather, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Veneklasen Werner, Berlin. Photo: Horace Aand
Then: Oct 8, 2011 – Apr 15, 2012
Now: Oct 8, 2011 – Mar 18, 2012

The Language of Less (Then and Now) is inspired by the MCA’s rich holdings of minimalist and postminimalist work from the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition is divided into two distinct parts, one devoted to a fresh reinstallation of this historical material (featuring artists such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Richard Serra, and Sol LeWitt), including recent acquisitions; and a second showcasing five contemporary artists (Carol Bove, Jason Dodge, Leonor Antunes, Oscar Tuazon, and Gedi Sibony) who are working within the stylistic language of their forebears, albeit with entirely new content and concerns. Foregrounding the MCA’s belief that history is always under constant reappraisal, none more so than by working artists themselves, the exhibition reintroduces now classic material to the public alongside work by a younger generation who have emerged as exciting leaders in the field and who are captivating international attention.

Tags: Carl Andre, Leonor Antunes, Carol Bove, Jason Dodge, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Richard Serra, Gedi Sibony, Oscar Tuazon