Anonima Group Archive

  The American artist collaborative, Anonima Group, was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 by Ernst Benkert, Francis Hewitt and Ed Mieczkowski. Propelled by their rejection of the cult of the individual ego and automatic style of the Abstract Expressionists, the artists worked collaboratively on grid-based, spatially fluctuating drawings and paintings that were precise investigations of the scientific phenomena and psychology of optical perception. The work was accompanied by writings: proposals, projects and manifestos – […]

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Thomas Downing: Washington Color School Painter, Gary Snyder ProjectSpace, New York, NY

  Thomas Downing, Fahrenheit, c. 1961 Acrylic on canvas, 901⁄2 x 87 inches October 4 — December 1, 2007 Gary Snyder’s first year of programming will focus on Hard-Edge Abstraction circa 1955–1975. The first show features Thomas Downing (1928–1985), who with Kenneth Noland and Gene Davis established a “Washington School” known for combining the influence of Morris Louis’s staining of unprimed canvas with a new interest in geometry. Downing was in many of the seminal […]

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Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

  Alexander Liberman, Sun II, 1962 Acrylic on canvas, 79.25 inches diameter, private collection Feb. 16 — June 17, 2007 The first comprehensive survey of Op Art by an American museum in more than 25 years, the exhibition examines the development and lasting influence of the international movement exploring perceptual phenomena in painting, sculpture, and light installation. Combining color and abstract patterns, the works produce optical illusions of pulsating movement through precise, mathematically-based composition.  An […]

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Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 1960-1966, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

  (photo credit: Locks Gallery) An exhibition of paintings by Philadelphia artist Edna Andrade on the occasion of her 90th birthday.  A retrospective exhibition of her works on paper will be on view at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia opening on March 28.  Her work is also included in the upcoming survey Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s at the Columbus Museum of Art.  Read the article An Op Art Original by Amy S. Rosenberg in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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