November 20, 2020
A new display of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art features Wrinkle (1968), one of the artist’s early photographic works.
One of the most important artistic tendencies of the 1960s was a shift away from the idea that art should express the artist’s interior life. Works in this vein searched for a poetics of bare form and focused on structural elements such as line, plane, and volume. Compositions adhered to the most elementary geometry; color was reduced to the hues of raw materials. The repetition of simple actions—stripping, drawing a grid, folding and unfolding—became central, replacing conventional ideas of art making as spontaneous or intuitive.