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.