Aspects of Minimalism at Guild Hall: Dan Flavin's Neons and More
The Huffington Post - almost 2 years
For Guild Hall curator Christina Strassfield, a show on minimalism was a no brainer. Currently on view in two large galleries, stark works in sand colors, geometrics, in brown felt material, in bright neon, the exhibition displays art from the collection of Bridgehampton resident Leonard Ruggio, whose passion is minimalism, a midcentury movement that challenges our notions of the types of materials can be used in art, and in fact our traditional notions of beauty. Minimalism contrasts with the extravagant collages of the previous show featuring the photography of Peter Beard, and was historically a contrast to Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, begging the question, is less more? The Guild Hall show coincides with the current trend toward minimalism as a life choice, that is, in the parlance of the latest trends in austerity, a term for stripping away of possessions, freeing one self of objects. In a way, in art, you notice the lack of subjectivity, decoration, the absence of the hum...
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