Douglas Witmer: I Found A Reason, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL

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Installation view. July 2 – October 9, 2011 Documenting over a decade of output, I Found a Reason presents two related and ongoing series of abstract works by internationally-acclaimed artist Douglas Witmer (American, b. 1971). Beginning with found materials, Witmer’s intimately scaled wooden reliefs and hybrid painting/drawings on paper freely combine materials and approaches. Within a contemplative frame of mind, Witmer condenses everyday lived experience down to unexpected forms and intense colors. This visual investigation […]

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Streamline, C2 Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL

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Installation view. July 1 – August 27, 2011 C2 Fine Art Inc. opens on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg, Florida with an exhibition featuring the work of five abstract painters: Siri Berg, Victor Kord, Carrie Patterson, Camilo Sanin, and Douglas Witmer. The show, organized by Gallery Director Camden Mosesmann and artist, Carrie Patterson presents bold, minimal, geometric abstract paintings that treat the eye and stimulate the mind. The viewer will find that color is a […]

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Douglas Witmer: Fruitville / The School Papers, AxD, Philadelphia, PA

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Work by Douglas Witmer February 25 – April 2, 2011 As a departure from his larger minimalist paintings, Douglas Witmer has two series of intimate, seldom seen works. In The School Papers, the cream color and vertical lines of grade school notepad paper play off painted geometric forms. In his second series, small, quirky yet contemplative assemblages of reclaimed pieces of wood, glue, paper and paint serve as artifacts of sorts from an idealized place […]

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Informal Relations: Contemporary Works on Paper, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN

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December 3, 2010 – January 15, 2011 Informal Relations: Contemporary works on paper curator Scott Grow selected 32 artists from the United States, Germany, Spain and Japan to focus on the diversity of practices within painting and abstraction today. The exhibition’s title refers to kind the “informal relations” artists have with one another, their predecessors, with the modernist tradition, the future, and even with their own work. While works on paper may stand as finished […]

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Douglas Witmer: Fruitville, Some Walls, Oakland, CA

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Douglas Witmer, Fruitville Mixed media on found wood Less than 8 inches in any direction June 20 – July 25, 2010 Some Walls is pleased to present Philadelphia-based artist Douglas Witmer’s exhibition Fruitville. Douglas Witmer is well known for his paintings which intuitively combine simple geometric imagery, emphatic color, and subtle manipulation of surface physicality. In addition to this widely-shown and growing body of work, for the past several years Witmer has worked on a […]

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Escape from New York, Curated by Matthew Deleget, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

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April 22 - May 8, 2010

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce the group exhibition Escape from New York at The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, from April 22 - May 8, 2010. Curated by Matthew Deleget, the exhibition surveys reductive strategies by 29 artists living in and around New York City. Each artist will present a single small work, as well as an open letter to the local community of artists.

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Douglas Witmer: Ring the Bells Anew, Recent Paintings, Blank Space, New York, NY

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Douglas Witmer, Things Mean a Lot at the Time, 2010 Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 20 x 24 inches March 4-27, 2010 Blank Space Gallery presents Ring The Bells Anew, an exhibition of recent paintings by Douglas Witmer. This is the artist’s third solo show in New York, and his first with the gallery. Over the past decade, Witmer has gained increasing attention for his uniquely distilled sensibility related to his paintings’ surface and color. His […]

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My Certain Fate, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA

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  Michael Zahn, Police and Thieves, 2009 Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches May 14 – June 6, 2009 “To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention. . .and then you’ve got to up it a notch, or […]

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Escape from New York, Curated by Matthew Deleget, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Installation view of Escape from New York, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2009

May 8-29, 2009

RMIT University School of Art and Sydney Non Objective present contemporary non-objective practice from MINUS SPACE New York. A survey of reductive strategies by artists living in and around New York City. Presenting a single work from each artist, as well as an open letter to the artist community affiliated with RMIT Non Objective.

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FINAL WEEKEND: MINUS SPACE at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/MoMA

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  Installation view Photo: Matthew Septimus Closes Monday, May 4, 2009 The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. We greatly thank curator Phong Bui and the remarkable staff at P.S.1, the participating artists and their galleries, and our generous donors, whose financial support made this exhibition possible. Exhibiting Artists Soledad Arias, Shinsuke Aso, Sharon Brant, Vicente Butron, Bibi Calderaro, Melanie […]

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Field + Stream: New Paintings by Douglas Witmer, The Painting Center, Project Room, New York, NY

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  April 28 – May 23, 2009 Since the late 1990s, Douglas Witmer’s paintings demonstrate an increasingly distilled sensibility related to surface and color. Intuitively combining simple geometric imagery, emphatic color, and subtle manipulation of the surface, his paintings are inquiries into the materiality of seeing, perception, feeling, and memory. In a recently published interview with the Tokyo-based artist Brent Hallard, Witmer said, “I want the present moment of seeing to be charged with the […]

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Minus Space at P.S.1 Extended

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  Installation in cafe space Exhibition in cafe space continues until May 2009. (Boiler Room exhibition closed on January 26, 2009.)     MINUS SPACE Curated by Phong Bui P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate Long Island City, NY   The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE’s 5th anniversary. […]

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Douglas Witmer: Joseph’s Coat, The Philadelphia Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

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  February 5-28, 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6-8pm Artist’s talk: Sunday, February 8, 11:30am Open M-F, 10am-2pm, also directly following Sunday services, and by appointment. The Philadelphia Cathedral 3723 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Joseph’s Coat is a group of new large paintings intended for the Cathedral, to be installed unstretched and flowing. The project takes its title from the Biblical story of Jacob, who gave a fabulous multicolor tunic to Joseph, his youngest […]

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Minus Space, Curated by Phong Bui, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / A Museum of Modern Art Affiliate, Long Island City, NY

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October 19, 2008 - May 4, 2009

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce our exhibition at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. P.S.1 is one of the oldest and largest non-profit arts centers in the United States solely devoted to contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by artist, Brooklyn Rail publisher, and P.S.1. Curatorial Advisor Phong Bui, and includes the work of 54 artists from 14 countries. The exhibition marks MINUS SPACE's 5th anniversary.

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Lynne Harlow: BEAT

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December 2007

New York City and Providence-based artist Lynne Harlow presents BEAT, which translates an earlier work, Lena's Beat, from an intimate wall piece to a large-scale installation and performance. BEAT combines specific, yet inherently unrelated elements: color and music. The performance will take place on Saturday, December 8, from 4-6pm, and will consist of two hours of solo drumming by various volunteer musicians.

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Escape from New York, Curated by Matthew Deleget, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, Australia

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August 3 - September 2, 2007

A group exhibition surveying reductive strategies by artists living in and around New York City. Each artist will present a single work, as well as an open letter to the artist community affiliated with Sydney Non Objective.

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Interview with Douglas Witmer, by Chris Ashley

introduction Douglas Witmer makes paintings with a purpose.  I mean this in two ways — he makes paintings purposefully, and his paintings have a purpose.  This is not to say in the least that his paintings are predetermined and strictly didactic.  Despite their apparently structured appearance they are expressive rather than merely planned and executed, and porous rather than closed in meaning. Witmer’s varied and improvised use of color, surface, form, and material is surprisingly […]

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The Legacy of Agnes Martin: A Collection of Thoughts by Artists

  Agnes Martin, by Steve Karlik I went for a walk yesterday; a thin veil of snow cloaked the sidewalk.  At once, grids became apparent.  The accumulation of packed snow in the concrete’s seams made opaque grids, grids that were again defined by planes of less dense, more transparent layers of snow that covered the higher surfaces.  The combination of these lines and planes brought me back to painting and why painting has significance for […]

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