Terry Winters

Kunstmuseum Luzern

The Terry Winters exhibition in Lucerne encompassed a representative selection of the artist’s drawings and paintings from 1982 to 1985. Its emphasis was on the documentation of his recent work; however, it also provided insights into preceding stages of Winters’ development through a judicious selection of relatively early drawings. This miniretrospective was mounted, no doubt, because Winters had not yet had a one-man show in Europe; but it is also extremely appropriate in terms of the nature of his work. In Winters’ oeuvre, the concept of “development,” or of derivation in a biological or mathematical sense, describes not only the usual (or at least assumed ) processes of technical and conceptual maturation but also the underlying thematic concern of the work itself, which in turn determines the formal presence of the paintings. This close alignment of content and form is a cross-fertilization

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