previews

  • Morris Louis

    High Museum of Art
    1280 Peachtree Street, NE
    November 4, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego | La Jolla
    700 Prospect Street
    November 4, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Curated by Jeffrey D. Grove

    Is there anything new to discover about Washington Colorist Morris Louis? Having destroyed many of his early efforts preceding the mid-’50s, exhibited his subsequent work to great acclaim, and died young in 1962, Louis left a tightly circumscribed oeuvre unlikely to hold any hidden corners. And the powerful “formalist” discourse of early commentators Clement Greenberg and Michael Fried—substituting for any sustained reflection from the artist’s own pen—shows no sign of being dislodged. The poignant beauty he revealed by exposing color and structure in their naked state will have to be reason enough to revisit Louis through this exhibition’s twenty-eight canvases made between 1951 and 1962. An accompanying catalogue features essays by, among others, Grove and independent curator Klaus Kertess.