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Systemic art

Term coined by Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to describe a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometric in character, either in a single ...

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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... art Term coined by the critic Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to refer to a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometrical in character, used either in a single image or repeated in a pattern arranged according to a clear principle of organization. Alloway originated the term when he organized an exhibition called ‘Systemic Painting’ at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1966 ; the artists represented—all American—included Al Held , Ellsworth Kelly , Kenneth Noland , Larry Poons , and Frank...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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... art . Term coined by Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to describe a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometric in character, either in a single concentrated image or repeated in a system arranged according to a clearly visible principle of organization. The chevron paintings of Noland are examples of Systemic art. It has been described as a branch of Minimal art , but Alloway extended the term to cover Colour Field Painting...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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... art Term coined by Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to describe a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometric in character, either in a single concentrated image or repeated in a system arranged according to a clearly visible principle of organization. The chevron paintings of Noland are examples of Systemic art. It has been described as a branch of Minimal art , but Alloway extended the term to cover Colour Field Painting...

Systemic art

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Term coined by Lawrence Alloway in 1966 to describe a type of abstract art characterized by the use of very simple standardized forms, usually geometric in character, either in a single concentrated ...
Field Painting

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A type of painting developed in the USA from about 1950 in which the picture is no longer regarded as a structure of interrelated elements but as a single indivisible expanse. Field Painting has ...
Paul Feeley

Paul Feeley  

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(1910–66).Painter and sculptor. Disavowing abstract expressionism in favor of clarity, structure, and composure, he fostered the growth of color-field and hard-edge tendencies. Signature works ...
Rashid Araeen

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(1935– )Pakistani artist, writer, and curator. He studied engineering at the University of Karachi, and moved to London in 1964. He was self-taught as an artist and began making abstract sculptures. ...
Field Painting

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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...Painting . A type of painting developed in the USA from about 1950 in which the picture is no longer regarded as a structure of interrelated elements but as a single indivisible expanse. Field Painting has affinities with Systemic art and with the all-over style associated with Jackson Pollock . The term Colour Field Painting has been used when emphasis is placed on brilliance and saturation of colour. Rather than being a specific style, it may be regarded as an aspect of a very general tendency during the 1950s and 1960s to eschew traditional...

Field Painting

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.)

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...Painting A type of painting developed in the USA from about 1950 in which the picture is no longer regarded as a structure of interrelated elements but as a single indivisible expanse. Field Painting has affinities with Systemic art and with the all-over style associated with Jackson Pollock . The term Colour Field Painting has been used when emphasis is placed on brilliance and saturation of colour. Rather than being a specific style, it may be regarded as an aspect of a very general tendency during the 1950s and 1960s to eschew traditional...

Feeley, Paul

Feeley, Paul (1910–66)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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...to reject what he called the ‘jungles of movement and action’ in search of an art of ‘sanity, joy, peace, and pleasure’. His most characteristic works employ fairly simple geometrical shapes—such as the quatrefoil or ‘jack’ shape—arranged in formal patterns. However, the effect is not stark or Minimalist : there is a rhythmic interplay of convex and concave contours and a striking feeling for colour. They can be classified as Post-Painterly Abstraction and as Systemic art . Feeley often worked in series to test the effect of different colours on a...

Alloway, Lawrence

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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...that “high” and “low” forms of art exemplified aspects of the same cultural situation. In 1961 he moved permanently to the United States, soon settled in New York, and was subsequently naturalized as a citizen. He taught at several colleges and universities and served as a curator at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, where he organized the important exhibitions “ The Shaped Canvas ” ( 1964 ) and “Systemic Painting” ( 1966 ), introducing widely used terms into the contemporary art lexicon. Over the years, his diversified art criticism continued to demonstrate...

Minimalism

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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...An emphasis among minimalist artists on the work of art as a physical object encouraged three-dimensional approaches, while aspects of minimalism shared reciprocal relationships with conceptual art and process art . The earliest major museum exhibition to define a coherent minimalist viewpoint, “Primary Structures,” organized in 1966 by curator Kynaston McShine ( 1935–  ) for New York’s Jewish Museum, lent its name to an alternative designation for minimal sculpture. A few months later “Systemic Paintings,” curated by Lawrence Alloway at the ...

Baer, Jo

Baer, Jo (7 Aug 1929)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...in 1968 . In 1975 she left the New York art world for Europe and in the same year her work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, regarded as the high point of her career. By the end of the 1970s, Baer had become more lyrical in her imagery, largely rejecting the structured images for which she had been known. In 1984 she relocated permanently to Amsterdam, regularly exhibiting her art in the USA and internationally. [ See also Wesley, John . ] Bibliography Systemic Painting (exh. cat., intro. by L....

Hard-edge painting

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...Ellsworth Kelly Gift of the artist, 1969 © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY 2. Ellsworth Kelly Spectrum IV , oil on canvas, 13 joined panels, 2.97 × 2.97 m, 1967 © Ellsworth Kelly/Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest and The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection (both by exchange), and Gift of Irving Blum © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY Bibliography Systemic Painting (exh. cat. by L. Alloway , New York, Guggenheim, 1966) I. Sandler : American Art of the 1960s (New York, 1988) Lorser Feitelson and the Invention...

Araeen, Rasheed

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A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.)

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...the systemic work of an American Minimalist such as Sol LeWitt . Concern at the racism of the art world led Araeen towards radical politics, and in 1972 he joined the Black Panther Movement. He founded the magazine Black Phoenix , which explored the relationship between contemporary art and racial politics. In 1987 it became Third Text , a more academic journal that addressed issues of culture and post-colonialism. In 1989 he organized the exhibition ‘The Other Story’, which was held at the Hayward Gallery ( see Arts Council ) and Manchester Art...

Ryman, Robert

Ryman, Robert (30 May 1930)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...Expressionism, he had no intention of reintroducing Realism or of depicting objects. It was not until the late 1960s that he began to exhibit regularly; for example, his work was included in the important exhibition “Systemic Painting” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1966 . His work is often associated with Conceptual art, but although organized into non-representational systems, it is fundamentally a quest for pictorial expression. Ryman reduced his painting to the strict minimum: the square format and the color white. He permutated and...

Conceptual art

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...one aspect of the systemic process whereby the work of art acquired signification or “completion” in society. Haacke in particular created works that deftly disclosed the conceptual role of institutions in framing all art, so that its meaning went far beyond the artist's original conception. Such works can be referred to as “meta-conceptual,” since they address the conditions preceding the production of all works of art and later influencing their public reception. Haacke neither privileged his own concepts as art nor resorted to an anti-art assault on the aura...

Feeley, Paul

Feeley, Paul (1910–66)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists (2 ed.)

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...shapes that respond to each other in intricate rhythms within a systemic approach to design. Additionally, his interest in non-Western decorative arts, such as fabrics and Islamic tiles, opened the way for pattern-and-decoration painters and others interested in ornamental effects. Born in Des Moines, Feeley grew up in Palo Alto, California. In 1931 he moved to New York. Already an accomplished portrait painter, he worked privately with Cecelia Beaux , while studying also at the Art Students League with Thomas Hart Benton , among others. He painted...

Post-Painterly Abstraction

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...Painters: Noland, Olitski, Stella (exh. cat. by M. Fried , Cambridge, MA, Fogg, 1965) Systemic Painting (exh. cat. by L. Alloway , New York, Guggenheim, 1966) M. Fried : “ Shape as Form: Frank Stella's New Paintings, ” Artforum, v/3 (Nov 1966), pp. 18–27 B. R. Collins : “ Clement Greenberg and the Search for Abstract Expressionism's Successor: A Study in the Manipulation of Avantgarde Consciousness, ” A. Mag. , lxi/9 (May 1987), pp. 36–43 I. Sandler : American Art of the 1960s (New York, 1988) J. A. Jones : Clement Greenberg: His Critical and...

Abstract art

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The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

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...of color, a smooth uncomplicated surface and line used in single or systemic configurations, artists of the 1960s such as Ellsworth Kelly , Agnes Martin , Jack Youngerman , Al Held , Larry Poons and Frank Stella imbued formal pictorial elements with total meaning. This self-referring abstract formalism was by 1968 generally understood as Minimalism, a term first applied to recent art by Richard Wollheim in 1965 (Meyer, p. 142) and some months later by Barbara Rose ( ABC Art , in Fabozzi, pp. 186–201). Working in Paris in 1947–54 , then...

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