previews

Detroit

“UNFURLED: SUPPORTS/SURFACES 1966–1976”

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
4454 Woodward Avenue
February 1–April 21

Curated by Wallace Whitney

Supports/Surfaces has generally appeared a grand adventure in creative misreading: Within a France still largely hostile to postwar American abstraction, a handful of artists in Paris and Nice eagerly appropriated seemingly incompatible practices from abroad, freely mixing Color Field tendencies and post-Minimalist provocations. Long neglected on this side of the Atlantic, their determined “deconstruction” of painting has met recently with a slow but steady increase in interest, as artists and critics look beyond the battle lines established in the 1960s. Bringing together more than thirty objects from the famously volatile collective’s heady early period, this exhibition—Supports/Surfaces’s first comprehensive museum survey in the US—ranges from canonical works by founding members Daniel Dezeuze and Claude Viallat, among others, to intriguing propositions by some less familiar fellow travelers, such as Pierre Buraglio and Noël Dolla. A catalogue by the curator, painter Wallace Whitney, accompanies the show.