new-york

Salvatore Romano

Max Hutchinson Gallery

Nonfigurative sculpture usually refers either to architecture or to nature. Post-Minimal sculpture, for example, has largely been concerned with making a return to nature (random principles of distribution; accidental, gestural structuring; loose, organic, unmanufactured looking materials, etc.) in reaction to the rigorous architecturally oriented Minimal work of the mid-’60s. One of the problems Minimal sculpture often failed to solve involved its competition with architecture when located in an exterior urban setting. As a stand-in for architecture, it functioned to maximum effect when it pressed out against the confining walls of an art gallery or museum. Then, its rectilinear severities (or aberrations) could be read against the right angles of the room space.

More often than not the same Minimal piece that worked well in the gallery looked lost out-of-doors in an aggressive urban

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