Sanford Wurmfeld: Variations

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Sanford Wurmfeld: Variations

MINUS SPACE is delighted to present the exhibition Sanford Wurmfeld: Variations. This is the NYC artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and it will highlight a suite of new abstract paintings meticulously organized around a select palette of 29 colors.

For his new exhibition, Wurmfeld presents his latest inquiry into color’s three essential qualities: hue (a single, pure color), value (lightness or darkness of a color), and saturation (relative purity or intensity of a color). Using Arthur Pope’s color system as a point of departure – Pope was an early 20th Century color theorist and fine arts instructor at Harvard University – Wurmfeld organizes his new paintings around a 12-part color circle. which includes each of the 12 colors at full saturation, 10 of those same colors at half saturation (with the exception of yellow and violet), and 7 grays. Wurmfeld then places selections of those 29 colors onto layered grids of shifting alignment, which are often bookended by narrow bands of contrasting colors.

About Sandford Wurmfeld

Sanford Wurmfeld (b. 1942 in Bronx, NY) has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960s. In 2013, he was the subject of a major 45-year survey exhibition entitled Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions, 1966-2013 curated by William C. Agee at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NYC. He has also presented solo exhibitions at Neuberger Museum of Art, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Galerie Denise Rene, Susan Caldwell Gallery, Bard College, Maxwell Davidson Gallery (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), Mucsarnok Kunsthalle (Budapest, Hungary), Talbot-Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), and Ewing Museum Gallery (Knoxville, TN).

In 1968, Wurmfeld was the youngest artist included in the landmark exhibition Art of the Real curated by Eugene Goossen at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The exhibition traveled for the next two years to the Grand Palais (Paris, France), Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland), and The Tate Gallery (London, England). Wurmfeld’s other museum group exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy Museum (both New York), Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), Dayton Art Museum (Dayton, OH), Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (Mouans-Sartoux, France), among others.

Complementing his studio practice, Wurmfeld has lectured and written extensively on the history of color, painting, and abstraction. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City University of New York, and Dartmouth College. Wurmfeld’s work is included in collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Sprengler Museum (both Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (France), among others.

In addition to his artistic work, Wurmfeld taught in the Department of Art at Hunter College from 1967-2012, where he educated and mentored countless generations of artists. Originally invited to join the faculty by sculptor Tony Smith and critic Eugene Goossen, Wurmfeld was Chairman of the department from 1978-2006.

About Minus Space

Founded in 2003, MINUS SPACE presents the past, present, and future of reductive art on the international level.

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