In the early 1960s, the shaped canvas emerged as a new form of abstract painting that reflected the optimistic spirit of a postwar space-race era when such forms as parallelograms, diamonds, rhomboids, trapezoids, and triangles suggested speed and streamlined stylization. The shaped canvas is frequently described as a hybrid of painting and sculpture, and its appearance on the scene was an outgrowth of central issues of abstract painting; it expressed artists’ desire to delve into real space by rejecting behind-the-frame illusionism.
Paul Feeley Sven Lukin Richard Smith Frank Stella Neil Williams
THE SHAPED CANVAS, REVISITED
Luxembourg & Dayan New York
May 11 – July 3 2014