VIEWLIST: Hunter, Color, Abstraction, Conceived by Matthew Deleget

Our fourth VIEWLIST exhibition is conceived by artist and MINUS SPACE director Matthew Deleget.

Ever since I was a graduate student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the mid-1990s, I’ve been thinking about another art school on the other side of the East River: Hunter College. Since at least the 1950s, Hunter has been and continues to be one of the leading champions of color and abstraction, not to mention painting, among art schools in the United States. Hunter remains a beacon in today’s post-everything art world.

Over the years, an incredible array of influential and celebrated abstract artists taught at Hunter — many of my closest artist friends and colleagues also studied there. This VIEWLIST exhibition is a thoroughly subjective homage to those faculty members and the program they built. Without question a core concern shared among all of these artists is color, with strategies ranging from the exhaustively systematic to the intuitively poetic.

Michael Brennan, Gabriele Evertz, Ron Gorchov, Ralph Humphrey, Lyman Kipp, Vincent Longo, Emily Mason, Robert Motherwell, Doug Ohlson, Ray Parker, Ad Reinhardt, Tony Smith, Robert Swain, Mac Wells, and Sanford Wurmfeld.

Note: I also wanted include Julius Goldstein in this project, but was unable to locate any images of his work online.


VIEWLIST is our online project space where we invite artists and others to curate a visual essay of images. VIEWLIST exhibitions are experimental and usually thematic, and can include art works spanning various time periods, movements, and geographic locations. Exhibitions may also include ideas and images from disciplines outside of the visual arts. With VIEWLIST, we’ve created a venue that focuses exclusively on ideas, a kind of idealized curatorial space, where exhibition budgets, loans and acquisitions of art works, timelines, and all other logistics are set aside.



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  1. That’s a dandy bunch of images, Matthew! Thanks for posting them. It’s good to see the Kipp sculptures. He was department head at Lehman College (Hunter in the Bronx) when I was a student there and for a while, made some really strong work. There’s a good one at Storm King (more about structure than color, though). Max Bill was the patron saint in that department in the 60’s and early 70’s…

  2. Orépük says:

    Great succes and good luck.

  3. Very interesting to see the Viewlist exhibition Hunter, Color, Abstraction and to discover also the strong works of Vincent Longo and Sanford Wurmfeld. In 2008 I went to Edinburgh (UK) to see the E-Cyclorama of Sanford Wurmfeld. I appreciate the work of Vincent Longo very much and we came in contact about painting. One day Vincent Longo asked me if I could translate a Dutch article into English about the Cyclorama of Sanford Wurmfeld that was published in a Dutch art magazine. I did so and got very curious about the Cyclorama. Then it was build up in the Edinburgh College of Art. It is an magnificent work. Walking inside the E-Cyclorama you feel the colour. The changing colours keep your eyes moving and following the lines and squares of the grid. Several times I returned to look at it because I wanted to understand the system and what was happening exactly. I also have met Sanford Wurmfeld and his wife there.

  4. I’m just now catching up with the blog and wanted to thank you for this creating this Viewlist! I went to Hunter in the early years of the MFA program and it really opened me up to all kinds of work. I’ve found that I go back to things I heard in classes with Ralph Humphrey, Bob Swain, Bob Morris, Rosalind Krauss, Sandy Wurmfeld and Ron Gorchov (what a line-up!): pithy comments and thoughts that have had lasting meaning over the years. I’m very grateful, and am happy to see them all given some fresh recognition in this way.

  5. Pmoore says:

    Glad to have found KIPPs work illustrated on the MINUS SPACE site. His work fits well here. I have documented many pieces for him at

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