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Robert Ryman, Classico IV, 1968
From the Guggenheim:
Ryman’s Classico 4 is one of a series of compositions consisting of multi-panel paintings on a specific type of paper called Classico. For each work in the series, Ryman attached a configuration of heavy, creamy white sheets of the paper to a wall with masking tape, painted the sheets with a shiny white acrylic paint, removed the tape when the sheets were dry, mounted them on foamcore, and reattached them to the wall. The built-up paint edge tracing the outline of masking tape and the ripped paper left behind give witness to the process of creation. The various works in the Classico series differ in the organization of paper sheets, the configuration of tape traces, and the painted shape, yet they share an emphasis on the thinness of the support surface in its alignment with the wall and the monumentality conceived as an accumulation of parts.
Loving this picture. “The Ungovernables” is part of this week’s NYC-ARTS Top Five.
Opens Today, Feb 15:
”The Ungovernables: New Museum 2012 Triennial”
curated by Eungie Joo
New Museum, 235 Bowery, NYC
Triennial will feature thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives, totaling over fifty participants, born between the mid-1970s and mid- 1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US. “The Ungovernables” is an exhibition about the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Through both materials and form, works included in “The Ungovernables” explore impermanence and an engagement with the present and future. Many of the works are provisional, site-specific, and performative reflecting an attitude of possibility and resourcefulness.
The exhibition title takes its inspiration from the concept of “ungovernability” and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly “natives” to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination embraced by the African National Congress in South Africa in 1986. “The Ungovernables” is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.