John elderfield is chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at the museum of modern art. The online edition of artforum international magazine. The plane. Grids feature in quite a number of exhibitions of abstract art currently on show. This is John Elderfield, ‘Grids’, Artforum, May More on. The grid in modern painting and algorithmic art. John Elderfield: “Grids,” Artforum 10 (May ), pp. Rosalind Krauss: “Grids,” October 9 (Summer .

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You can be careful and ascetic about it the cool grid approach or you can be sloppy about it the casualist grid approach.

Exhibition grids, format and image in 20th century art at the pace. Where it may have once seemed to suggest a new and radical approach to artmaking, in many cases it now functions as a readymade and default mode john elderfield felt the same in when he criticized the exploitation of the grid to merely inaugurate paintings.

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The online edition of artforum international magazine. If you work on canvas you have already entered a grid system.

It’s a container that contains itself, that is both form and content. A grid of colors, such as G.

Oceanic hydrothermal fluid flux since myr ago based on residual heat flux estimation derived from grids shown in suppl. Hi Robert, Thank you for your comment. By using the grid as a squaring tool, it allows me to meditate on the relationship of each square thereby slowing me down. Since Ludwig Boltzmann, however, this Aristotelean notion has lost its validity. If abstract painting is going to have a future, this kind of uncritical thinking will have to be examined.

Since the grid is an abstract concept, a Platonic form almost, it precedes all of its applications. And equally arbitrary is the claim that spontaneity is heroic. John elderfield notes how the emergence of grids and grid structures in the minimalist art and sculpture of the 60s sol le witt, carl andre, anges martin, don lewallen, kenneth nolland objectified pollocks previous approach.


As preeminent schwitters scholar john elderfield points out, schwitters. Surfacing in pre-War cubist painting and subsequently becoming ever more stringent and manifest, the grid announces, among other things, modern art’s will to silence, its hostility to literature, to narrative, to discourse.

Some thoughts on Grids

This literature is far too extensive to be cited here. Laurie tylec email protected questions from members of the media may be directed to the department of communications at or email protected. And within the confines of that order there are all sorts of variations. Are grids a constraint or a liberation? Surely mathematics can be freeform, open, surprising and disrupted: Sam, I am glad that you have taken up this topic, because the grid is, as you suggest, too much of a default mode elderfifld.

Arriving at this new way of Seeing outside of my own subjectivity demands my presence and beckons the necessity of being Awake. Today, order is forced, authoritarian, militaristic. But also consider that jkhn grids are really the same grid. But the end is always present jihn the picture is even started; the artist knows what feeling they are working toward, because that knowledge is what enables their decisions along the way.

Tom Moore, Beacon NY. The art of richard diebenkorn by john elderfield, jane.

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Exhibition grids, format and image in 20th century art at the pace gallery, new elderfielld, 3 see essay. Even the word strikes horror! In some works in Lines Crossed grds grid is simply a tool for squaring up a drawing in preparation for its transfer to a larger surface.

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But no one seems to have been deterred by that example, and modernist practice continues to generate ever more instances of grids. During the first 36 years of his career his paintings were entirely nonfigurative. I guess these things go in phases, and my sense at the moment is that geometry, eldwrfield, grids and suchlike have been done to death in recent times.

At the time, the artist martin puryear, who is known for large, delicate sculptures made of wood, had a retrospective at moma, and one day ms.

UntitledLinda Karshan, pencil on paper, collection of the Courtauld Gallery, Courtesy the artist.

Hudson will release a new monograph on the artist with essays by john elderfield, terry r. Gombrich about order ” Order can serve as a metaphor for order. John elderfield is chief curator at large at the museum of modern art, new york, and the author of books on henri matisse, kurt schwitters, and others.

As a result, the notions of distance and neighborhood change beyond recognition, and the Euclidean notions of translation and rotation get largely lost. Two examples can illustrate the extent to which the grid functions as a default position. Mondriaan about the machine “De machine houdt niet de nieuwe cultuur in. I think I can see what you are both saying here about being ambivalent or even possibly boxed in ha!

The plane is thus treated as an infinitely dense grid of locations.