Robert Swain: Color Energy

Installation view of Robert Swain: Color Energy, MINUS SPACE, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

May 30 - July 4, 2015

MINUS SPACE is delighted to inaugurate our new ground floor gallery location at 16 Main Street, Ground Floor in Dumbo, Brooklyn with a solo exhibition of new, large-scale color paintings by NYC-based artist Robert Swain (b. 1940). This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

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Gilbert Hsiao in Outside the Lines by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Gilbert Hsiao in Outside the Lines by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Published on the occasion of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's 65th anniversary, Outside the Lines documents the conceptual framework of the institution's ability to act and think outside the norm. This publication, originally conceived as an ongoing curatorial dialogue, features six exhibitions on abstract painting, focusing on the legacies and contemporary manifestations of the genre.

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Gilbert Hsiao in Unlikely Iterations of the Abstract, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX

Gilbert Hsiao, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, 2013

Abstraction, as a language, remains linked to the high modernism left behind in its original form somewhere in the last century. It is with the comic actors' absurdist sense of repetition that abstraction reappears in unlikely places.

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Layers, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX

evertz - sonja roesch

Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce a group exhibition titled ‘Layers’, featuring work by Gabriele Evertz, Lev Khesin, and Julia Steiner. This exhibition is an exploration of the act of layering. The idea of Layers calls up several visual and biological associations ranging from the earth’s strata to the various layers of our skin.

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Luis Tomasello, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX


Luis Tomasello, Mural Chromoplastique, 2011 May 19 – July 2, 2011 Sicardi Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth solo exhibition featuring the work of the Argentine-born master of kinetic art, Luis Tomasello. The show will include a chromoplastique wall mural and a selection of his signature atmosphere chromoplastiques and objet plastiques created since the 1980s. The opening reception is Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Since the 1970s, Tomasello has worked on […]

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Leslie Wilkes: Face Blind, Generator, Albuquerque, NM


Leslie Wilkes, 10.06 (gouache study), 2010 Gouache on paper 12 x 12 inches March 5 – April 9, 2011 For her second solo exhibition in New Mexico Leslie Wilkes elevates the scale of her dense, psychedelic gouaches, expanding them into a series of new large-scale oil paintings. Reflecting her life-long interest in pattern and bright color, the paintings are initially based largely on geometric patterns from the 1960’s. In the process of painting, Wilkes explores […]

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Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX


Installation view. February 6 – July 4, 2011 For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of color. His wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects, and experimental works that engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of color. The MFAH and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston, present the first large-scale retrospective of […]

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John Henry: Structures at Appropriate Scale, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


John Henry, Blue Rhapsody, 1998 Painted aluminum 96 x 84 x 48 inches January 21 – March 26, 2011 Spanning a 50-year career as an artist and sculptor, John Henry has amassed an internationally collected body of work. Henry’s focus in the 60s and 70s was founded on the Constructivist movement melding technology and industrial materials with abstract forms. Today, the evolution of his work remains constant with his primary influence of the changing landscape […]

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Tony Smith: Drawings, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX


Tony Smith, Untitled, 1954 Charcoal on paper Courtesy of the Tony Smith Estate, New York Photograph by Cathy Carver December 17, 2010 – April 3, 2011 “Tony Smith: Drawings” is a selection of rarely exhibited and early drawings by American artist Tony Smith (1912-1980). The work, executed within a limited time-period in the 1950’s, precedes Smith’s emergence as one of the most important sculptors of the mid-twentieth-century, following his career as an architectural designer. Some […]

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Tony Smith: Bronze, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY


Tony Smith, Trap, 1968 Cast bronze, black patina 10 x 55 x 55 inches November 6 – December 23, 2010 Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Tony Smith: Bronze, the next exhibition in his gallery at 523 West 24th Street. Smith executed the nine sculptures included in this exhibition between 1960 and 1970. This selection of his works in bronze, all of them finished in his signature black patina, provides a comprehensive view of his […]

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Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX


Kurt Schwitters, Mz 371 bacco, 1922 Collage of cut and torn, printed, handwritten, tissue and coated papers on paperboard The Menil Collection October 22, 2010 – January 30, 2011 The German artist Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) remains one of the most influential figures of the international avant-garde. In the years following the First World War he coined the term “Merz,” in reference to his ambition to “make connections …between everything in the world.” Hoping to unify […]

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Ruth Pastine: Present Fugitive, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


Work by Ruth Pastine November 6 – December 31, 2010 Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce the exhibition Present Fugitive, featuring new work by California-based artist Ruth Pastine. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Ruth Pastine’s nearly monochrome color field paintings invest in the perceptual experience of color, light, and temperature. Suspending preconceived notions about visual experience, she investigates the mercurial shift of warm and cool color identities. The complementary […]

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Robert Swain: Primary Research

Detail of paint samples from the artist’s color library, arranged by hue, value, and saturation

October 23 - December 4, 2010

MINUS SPACE is honored to announce the solo exhibition Robert Swain: Primary Research. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and it will focus on his life-long investigation into color sensation.

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Aldo Chaparro: More Than This, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


Installation view September 18 – October 30, 2010 Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce MORE THAN THIS, an exhibition of new work by Mexico City based artist, Aldo Chaparro. Aldo Chaparro is best known for expanding the boundaries between art and other disciplines such as music, industrial design, editing and writing. His work takes inspiration from song lyrics and the pop culture that surrounds contemporary music and art rock. Through the use of different […]

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Sarah Oppenheimer: D-17, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX


Installation view September 16 – December 5, 2010 Walking up to Sewall Hall after dark, Sarah Oppenheimer’s D-17 feels as otherworldly as the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. A year and a half in the making, the epic 65-foot, aluminum-sheathed white structure angles above the transom of Sewall Hall’s front doors, into the foyer and extends into the floor of the gallery itself. Along the way the work seemingly passes through two walls of […]

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In Memoriam: Leroy Lamis


Leroy Lamis, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Austin, Texas. Mr. Lamis was a sculptor and long-time professor of art at Indiana State University. His Plexiglas sculptures, known for their geometric elegance, were exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and are in the collections of leading museums and private collectors. Mr. Lamis was born in Eddyville, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles during the depression. As a teenager, he worked at MGM studios […]

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Melanie Crader: The Eula Project, O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX


Melanie Crader, It all started when I tried to paint a portrait (purse), 2010 From the series The Eula Project Acrylic and silver leaf on panel 10 x 8 inches September 2 – October 7, 2010 The O’Kane Gallery on the campus of UH-Downtown begins the fall season with Houston artist Melanie Crader’s solo exhibition, The Eula Project. Crader’s installation physically transforms the gallery into a facsimile of a domestic residence that begins the intersection […]

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If We Only Knew Now What They Knew Then: Works by Melanie Crader and Katy Heinlein, space125gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX


Melanie Crader, Sky Blue Doily…I only keep the formal ones… later throwing them away…I realized that I was curating my trash…, 2008 Enamel and hand cut paper 12 x 12 inches July 29 – September 9, 2010 Melanie Crader A native of Louisiana, now residing in Houston, Crader explores fashion, gender, social class and identity. This body of work, which she has named Take Away Project, offers a series of printed stories which viewers are […]

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Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX


Ishimoto Yasuhiro, Untitled (from the series “Katsura”), 1953-54 Gelatin silver print, printed 1980—81 June 20 – September 12, 2010 Photographer Ishimoto Yasuhiro (born 1921) is one of the most influential figures in post-World War II Japanese photography. Among his most celebrated bodies of work are the photographs he took during 1953 and 1954 of the legendary 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto. These images infuse the iconic structure with a modernist Bauhaus aesthetic. Katsura: Picturing […]

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(v)=variable; (jn)=jim nolan: (v) + (jn) = blue print2, 1019 Alexander Street, Houston, TX


Installation view June 5–26, 2010 Opening: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 5 – 7pm Open by appointment only: Location: 1019 Alexander Street, Houston, TX 77008 (in the Heights) (v)=variable presents a collaboration with Jim Nolan as the first in a series of works addressing the re-use and reconfiguration of pre-existing architectural structures as temporary “exhibition” spaces. (v)=variable also seeks to blur the boundaries/roles between curator, artist, community and collector. (v)=variable is a project generated by […]

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Donald Judd’s Library Now Online


Donald Judd’s personal library of 13,004 books located in La Mansana de Chinati, his home and studio in Marfa, Texas is now accessible online. The library database is the result of an ambitious process, which took more than 3,500 hours of work and led to the cataloguing and photography of the collection from October 2008 through January 2010. A library offers a portrait of its collector, in this case Donald Judd. The idiosyncrasies of the collection […]

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Daniel Levine: Paintings, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


Daniel Levine, Buttercup, 2003-2004 May 15, 2010 – June 26, 2010 Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce an exhibition of monochrome paintings by Daniel Levine. Since 1990, Levine has created groups of closed-system paintings that embrace the following elements: off-square painting supports of modest scale and varying depths, small borders to amplify the paintings’ complex surfaces, a variety of media (oil, gouache, flashe), and a palette of primary colors. The works in this show, […]

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Manuel Espinosa: Paintings and Drawings, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX


Manuel Espinosa, Untitled, 1968 Oil on Canvas 49 1/4 x 49 1/4 inches April 8 – May 15, 2010 Sicardi Gallery announces their first solo exhibition of the Argentine modernist Manuel Espinosa (1912-2006). The gallery will be presenting a selection of important paintings and drawings dating from the 1950s through the 1970s. Although less well-known today than some of his contemporaries, Espinosa was a leading figure in Argentinean Constructivism of the post-war period. Along with Tomás Maldonado, Alfredo […]

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Fred Sandback: Untitled (Four–part Vertical Construction in Two Colors), 1987, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX


Installation view January 26 – March 5, 2010 Lawrence Markey presents an upcoming exhibition of work by Fred Sandback (1943–2003). This will be the ninth one-person exhibition of Fred Sandback’s work at Lawrence Markey, including exhibitions which inaugurated the New York gallery space in 1990 and the San Antonio gallery in 2005. This exhibition will feature a sculpture made from Sandback’s signature material of acrylic yarn. The form of this sculpture, originally installed in the […]

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Dirk Rathke: Curved Canvases, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


January 23 – February 27, 2010 Dirk Rathke creates objects with painterly materials – wooden frames, canvas and paint – that go beyond the scope of the genre. This Berlin-based artist is part of a young generation that has developed fresh approaches to painting and has distinctive solutions in the geometric-abstract tradition. The relationship between line, area, space and movement is the main emphasis in Dirk Rathke’s artistic exploration. With his room drawings, Rathke explores […]

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Constructivism in Relief: Taller Torres Garcia, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX


Julio Alpuy, Constuccion con hombre rojo, 1945 Painted wood 74 x 36 x 9 inches September 17 – October 17, 2009 Participating artists: Julio Alpuy, Gonzalo Fonseca, Jose Gurvich, Francisco Matto, Manuel Pailos, Alceu Ribeiro, and Augusto Torres.

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Gilbert Hsiao: Shape/Anti-Shape, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


September 12 – October 31, 2009 Gallery Sonja Roesch announces a solo exhibition of recent work by Gilbert Hsiao, featuring perceptually-based abstraction painted on shaped wooden panels. Hsiao has been exploring the mechanics of visual perception since the 1980s. The viewer perceives oscillation through the illusion of a continuous wave produced by the physiological experience of space and movement. Meticulously layered stripes in tightly woven structures create a musical rhythm and repose. “Shape/Anti-Shape” showcases Hsiao’s […]

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Works on Paper: Jo Baer, James Bishop & Suzan Frecon, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX


Jo Baer, Untitled, 1962 Gouache & ink on paper, 5 x 5 inches September 9 – October 16, 2009 Lawrence Markey is pleased to announce an exhibition of works on paper by Jo Baer, James Bishop and Suzan Frecon. Jo Baer was born in Seattle, Washington in 1929. She studied biology at the University of Washington and completed graduate work at the New School for Social Research in New York in 1953. Baer gained notoriety […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Paintings in Houston Collections, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX


Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Sin titulo (pez) [Untitled (Fish)], 1932 Oil on canvas September 6 – November 29, 2009 Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874—1949) is one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century to have emerged from Latin America. Revered not only as a Modernist painter but also as a teacher and author, the Uruguay native spent most of his life in Spain, Italy, France, and New York before returning to his place of birth. This […]

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Joaquin Torres-Garcia: Constructing Abstraction with Wood, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX


Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Planos de color con dos maderas superpuestas (Planes of Color with Two Superimposed Wood Pieces), 1928 Collection: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona September 24, 2009 – January 3, 2010 The exhibition will center chiefly on works from the 1920s to the 1940s, spanning the time from when Torres-Garcia lived in Spain, New York, Italy, and France, developing toys and the vocabulary for his wood constructions, to his eventual settlement in Uruguay as the […]

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Edge of Abstraction, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas


Work by Connie Goldman July 5 – September 27, 2009 Edge of Abstraction is a permanent collection exhibition that explores the 20th century’s fascination with abstraction. It is an attempt to question what abstract art is and why it is important to art history. Many recent EPMA acquisitions are included in this exhibition. Featured Artists: David Bates, Kim Bauer, Peter Bialick, Lydia Bodnar–Balahutrak, Paul Henry Brach, Nicholas Conbere, Nancy Conrad, Susan Davidoff, John Davis, Steven […]

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Jan van der Ploeg, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


  Installation view May 16 – July 4, 2009 Gallery Sonja Roesch presents an exhibition featuring work by Dutch artist Jan van der Ploeg. The exhibition will open May 16 and close on July 4, 2009. Jan van der Ploeg is interested in the relationship between art and the public sphere. He constructs site-specific wall painting installations, both indoors and outdoors, that react with the surrounding architecture and atmosphere. The paintings represent a series of […]

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Rudolf de Crignis: Grays and Blues, Lawrence Markey Gallery, San Antonio, TX


  Rudolf de Crignis, Painting No. 97—23 (Ultramarine Blue, Zinc White, Ruby Lake), 1997 Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches May 21 – July 3, 2009 Lawrence Markey presents an exhibition of paintings by Rudolf de Crignis (1948–2006), entitled grays and blues. This is the first exhibition of de Crignis’ work at Lawrence Markey. The exhibition grays and blues focuses on five oil paintings from 1997 to 2004. During this period, de Crignis’ primary […]

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John Robert Craft: Point and Proof, Exhibitions 2d, Marfa, TX


  Installation view May 11 – June 30, 2009 Ferrous cast sculpture and sculpture carved wood prints by gallery artist John Robert Craft. Craft utilizes the weight of four solid cast metal sculptures to carve into the wooden surface of the blocks used in the creation of these prints in this most recent series of his work. The artist uses the geometry of each sculptural piece in the marking of the wood so that the […]

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Accrochage, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX


Installation views January 17 – February 28, 2009 Gallery Sonja Roesch presents Accrochage, a group exhibition with nine artists explorin different approaches to reductive art. The exhibitions features work by Soledad Arias, Matthew Deleget, Daniel Levine, Rossana Martinez, Ruth Pastine, Mario Reis, David Simpson, Hills Snyder, and Tilman Through using different materials and procedures, these nine artists demonstrate a variety of approaches towards reductive and concept based art. The pieces are either painted, constructed, or […]

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