Cadences: Icon and Abstraction in Context
February 16 – April 7 1991
This group exhibition considered the ideas and visual vocabularies of nine artists working in abstraction and examined how abstract art conveys meaning.
Wrote Marcia Tucker at the time of the exhibition’s debut: “The present exhibition takes as its premise the idea that [abstract] works of art, despite their visual simplicity and elegance, participate in complex conceptual and intellectual strategies. They lend themselves to the same intricacies of analysis, rooted in the political and social realities of the world we live in, as do other more literal explorations of these themes. Most important, the exhibition proposes that all abstraction is not the same, that superficial stylistic resemblances may conceal cultural and contextual differences that are critical to an understanding of the work.”1
Artists included: Terry Adkins, BP, Dana Duff, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Claudia Matzko, Curtis Mitchell, Tomoharu Murakami, Charles Ray, and Eva Schlegel.