12th April – 17th May 2019
Opening Friday 12thApril 7.30pm
_Walking tour Friday 12thApril 6.30pm_
On April 12th, Valletta Contemporary art gallery inaugurates AFTERMINIMALISM, a group exhibit choosing to approach it from a methodological rather than athematic perspective, curated by Norbert Francis Attard and Francesca Mangion.
In the USA in the 1960s Minimalism or minimalist art it was seen as a natural reaction to as the emotional excess that had become the hallmark of Abstract Expressionism after the WW2.
Radically rejecting the painterly histrionics of the Expressionists, Minimalist artists sought the removal of metaphorical symbolism from their work, emptying painting and sculpture of its last vestiges of representation or rather.
In 1966, Eccentric Abstraction, a group exhibition in NYC established the postminimal aesthetic. The term was coined later in 1971 by Robert Pincus-Witten in reference to works that were going against or beyond the aesthetic of minimalism. Pincus-Witten defines this progression as threefold- pictorial or sculptural, epistemological and ontological.
Afterminimalism revisits minimalism, choosing to approach it from a methodological rather than a thematic perspective. The term ceases to be an American art current from the 1960s and emerges as an attribute, a common denominator that can be found in the work of artists from diverse periods but who incorporate or continue to work with these attributes.
Valletta Contemporary Art Space