Fort Worth

Yves Klein, Leap Into the Void, 1960, photo panel, 96 x 60". © 2007 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Fort Worth

“Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein”

Modern Art Museum | Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
September 30, 2007–January 6, 2008

Curated by Michael Auping

Determining relationships between American and European abstraction in the latter half of the twentieth century by setting specific artists in dialogue—the ambition of this exhibition of some thirty works by Rothko, Newman, Fontana, and Klein from the late 1940s through the ’60s—is a critical prompt both necessary and long overdue. Although the show focuses primarily on painting, it will also include a number of rarely seen projects in other media, including a reconstruction of Fontana’s installation from Documenta 4 in 1968—a massive white labyrinth that surrounds a large plaster “cut”—and Klein’s Concert, 1959, a musical performance that, in a Cagean move, incorporates silence. Curator Michael Auping conceptualizes the show around spatial themes in postwar abstract art, in which “the boundaries of traditional pictorial space were crossed and a new realm of abstract theater was engaged.”