New York

Michael Young

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Michael Young is frequently associated with the “new” geometric abstraction, but his work diverges from that of many of his colleagues in significant ways. Unlike them, he is not involved in making “signs” for paintings, or in displaying lack of faith in the medium’s capacities. Instead, his work is awash in reveries on the possibilities of painting. His is pure painting, which takes as its object painting’s inherent properties and creates of them an esthetic world, firmly divided from its quotidian surround.

Young’s recent exhibition for the museum’s “Projects” series was conceived as an installation of 15 paintings, all of which are small, square, and unframed and involve the motifs of the cross or the circle. These 15 works, all from 1987, were arranged on three contiguous walls above a single long painting that stretched across the lower part of the walls—a continuous band of sand-coated

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