New York

“The New Sculpture 1965–75”

Whitney Museum of American Art

Though one may come to this show expecting the sculpture to have acquired a patina of established reserve, instead it looks fresh and provocative. The breakthrough this work constituted in the aftermath of Minimalism remains as appreciable today as when it first appeared. ted the various passages between initial iconoclasm and individual development. Given the sparse arrangements usually encountered in contemporary art exhibitions, this slightly crowded installation evoked the artistic ferment characteristic of the period. Viewed together, the works of these ten artists captured the energy of ideas colliding.

Although this sculpture is customarily tagged “post-Minimalist” there are no obvious stylistic or formal affinities that provide grounds for a unified approach to its categorization or analysis. To suggest any across the board affinities among the artists included in this exhibition

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