“Our neighborhood’s own advocates of minimalism.” — The Brooklyn Rail
“A primary voice…in the field of concept-driven abstraction.” — Artcritical
“Here’s a rarity — a tiny, specialized gallery with a very wide reach.” — ARTnews
“A philosophy of less is more.” — Time Out New York
“This charming cube of Zen.” — Village Voice
“Top Ten 2008” — New York Magazine
The only gallery of its kind in the United States, MINUS SPACE specializes in reductive abstract art on the international level. Reductive art is generally characterized by its use of plainspoken materials, monochromatic or limited color, geometry and pattern, repetition and seriality, precise craftsmanship, and intellectual rigor. Reductive art is inclusive and pluralistic in its approach, including geographic location, age, gender, medium, artistic strategy, and content of work.
We present museum-quality solo and group exhibitions by pioneering emerging, established, and deceased artists at our Brooklyn gallery, as well as at other collaborating venues on the national and international levels. Our exhibition program focuses specifically on the following five areas:
* Pioneering emerging artists with a demonstrated vision and practice committed to reductive art.
* Established, yet overlooked older artists working in the United States with excellent reputations and demonstrated influence within their community of artists.
* Established, international artists that have never or rarely exhibited in New York City or the United States.
* Historical exhibitions that reexamine underknown, deceased artists.
* Experimental exhibitions (ideas, ephemera, topical issues, etc.).
We represent an incomparable array of groundbreaking national and international artists working across all visual arts media. Gallery artists are included in major museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Walker Art Center, British Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum, among many others. The gallery also maintains inventory, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, works on paper, and multiples, by more than 60 additional artists working around the globe.
Our exhibitions have been reviewed and discussed in publications such as Art in America, Artcritical, Artnet Magazine, ArtNews, The Brooklyn Rail, Houston Public Radio, Huffington Post, The New Criterion, New York Magazine, NYFA Current, New York Sun, Time Out New York, Village Voice, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
In 2008, MoMA PS1 mounted the comprehensive five-year survey exhibition MINUS SPACE curated by Phong Bui, which included 54 artists from 14 countries. New York Magazine named the show one of the best exhibitions of 2008. The gallery was also recently cited as a critical venue regarding the future of reductive abstract art in the book Complete Concrete: Over 100 Years of Constructive, Concrete, and Conceptual Art, published by Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switerland (2011).
We provide art advisory services for the development of private, corporate, and institutional collections. We also have expertise in framing, installation, shipping, commissions, conservation, and appraisals. MINUS SPACE was founded in 2003 by artists Matthew Deleget and Rossana Martinez, and relocated to Dumbo, Brooklyn’s premiere gallery building at 111 Front Street in September 2011.
* We are not reviewing unsolicited artist submissions or exhibition proposals at this time.
MATTHEW DELEGET, Founder/Director
Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, gallerist, writer, board member, and arts advocate. Since 2006, Matthew has organized more than 50 solo and group exhibitions at both MINUS SPACE in Brooklyn, as well as other collaborating venues on the national and international levels including in Mexico, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.
As an artist, Matthew has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His additional museum exhibitions include MoMA/P.S.1 (Long Island City, NY); Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx, NY); Herbert F. Johnson Museum (Ithaca, NY); Bass Museum of Art (Miami, FL); and Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, IN). He is represented by Alejandra von Hartz Gallery (Miami, FL); Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA); and Gallery Sonja Roesch (Houston, TX). His work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, Artnet Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others.
Matthew is a member of American Abstract Artists, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Artist Advisory Committee, and the board of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. He has also consulted on projects with The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Creative Capital Foundation, Asian American Arts Alliance, ArtsConnection, International Society for the Performing Arts, and Bronx Arts Council, among many others.
Prior to MINUS SPACE, Matthew worked at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) from 1998-2009 where he founded and directed all of the organization’s information programs and initiatives for and about artists working in all disciplines. The programs collectively serve more than 4 million individuals in over 160 countries annually.
He holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA in Art and German from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.
ROSSANA MARTINEZ, Founder/Director
Rossana Martinez is an artist, gallerist and foundation manager. Rossana was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She holds an MFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Rossana brings to the gallery her interest in conceptual and performance art, artists’ books, drawing, photography, sculpture, public art, printmaking, textiles, Latin America art, and Pre-Columbian art, among others.
As an artist, Rossana is interested in creating an experience and dialogue between the body and common materials through sculpture, installation and performance art. Her projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York City, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Switzerland, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.
She has received awards from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and El Diario La Prensa (Mujeres Destacadas Award). Her work has been reviewed in publications, such as The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Sun, Flavorpill, and Artnet Magazine. She is a Fellow of the Cue Art Foundation and a member of American Abstract Artists.
In addition to MINUS SPACE, she is also the Foundation Manager at the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Working for a philanthropic foundation dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in New York City has broaden her views of the city’s arts, education, environment, human services, and history.
MEGAN GOVIN, Gallery Associate
Megan Govin is an art historian, researcher, writer, and arts administrator. Megan has been with the gallery since January 2013 and is working toward an MS in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She is currently researching and writing her thesis, which is centered on the artistic activity in the Fine Arts Building in Tribeca between 1974-78. She brings to the gallery her interest in the history of painting, geometric abstraction, conceptual art, and interdisciplinary practice.
Concurrent with her time at MINUS SPACE, Megan has interned in the New Museum’s curatorial department and written for various blogs including Art In Limbo. Megan is a member of the College Art Association and was awarded the History of Art Department CAA Scholarship from Pratt in 2014. Prior to studying art, Megan worked in Advertising and Communications Strategy in New York and holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma.
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