Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field


Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field

Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field

Press release

With works by Rosemarie Castoro, Maria Lai, Liliane Lijn, Verena Loewensberg, Mary Miss, Lucia Moholy, Vera Molnar, Marlow Moss, Lydia Okumura, Ana Sacerdote, Lolo Soldevilla, Magdalena Wiecek, Shizuko Yoshikawa.

Curated by Anke Kempkes & Pierre-Henri Foulon

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London is pleased to present Female Minimal: Abstraction in the Expanded Field, bringing together pioneering female artists from Europe and the Americas who each contributed in their original and uncompromising way to expanding the scope of the minimal aesthetic beyond the orthodox category of Minimal Art.

Through a large selection of sculptures, paintings and works on paper dating from the 1920s to the early 1980s, the upcoming exhibition will spotlight these artists' centrality amongst period-defining artists' groups such as Zurich Concrete in Switzerland, Abstraction-Création in Paris and Los Diez Pintores Concretos in Cuba.

The personal trajectories of the artists presented demonstrate how varied backgrounds and experiences have been a consistent driver of innovation and creativity, while for many of the artists on display, gender inequalities and local politics were equally responsible for their omission from the canon of art history. The history of geometric abstraction is also a history of global turmoil, migration, transnational exchange and shared values. The upcoming exhibition will explore new perspectives and genealogies in the field of geometric abstraction, highlighting the complex and often subtle relationships between formalism and identity politics and expresses the emancipatory desire to disrupt and expand the canon forged by the male-dominated avant-garde movements.