Dorothea Rockburne

Rose Art Museum

A decade of explorations into the transcendent qualities of abstraction, light, and geometry reveal themselves in this evocative installation of 26 works by Dorothea Rockburne. Renowned for her visual articulations of the sublime, Rockburne explores the multiplicity of corporeal and incorporeal relationships between rectangles, triangles, and squares. This exhibition, which documents Rockburne’s shift from drawing to painting in the ’80s, presents a cohesive, evolving body of non-objective art. It moves from the elegant series of white folded canvas rectangles and the fragile watercolor-on-vellum pieces, to multileveled shaped canvases. In the oil paintings, begun in 1982, Rockburne translates her fundamental folding operations to the hard edges of the canvas. She expands the low relief of her minimalist canvases into complex and heroic panel paintings inspired by the art and theory of

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