Exhibition: Seeing Red

SEEING RED: International Exhibition of Nonobjective Painting

The history of abstract and nonobjective art in the 20th century is in many ways related to the evolution of color theoretical ideas. Yet, these two disciplines are not often studied in parallel, as the relation between art and science has not always been in the forefront for those studying art. Now, with the increasing standardization of color display in digitized media and a new understanding of color offered by cognitive and physiological science, color theory and its application in nonobjective painting have drawn new attention. This association works both ways - the influence of art on science is also an essential facet of new developments in color concepts.

Much of this evolution can be seen in the interactions between American and German artists and theoreticians. Americans were strongly influenced by the teachings of German émigré artists Josef Albers and Hans Hofmann as well as by the influx of German gestalt psychologists. Abroad, nonobjective art has been seen as particularly American and has been well received in Europe, especially in Germany. Over the last fifty years, an active and continuous engagement with nonobjective art has created its own tradition. The Exhibition Seeing Red will investigate the history of these relationships and reflect the new developments in color theory and nonobjective painting in Europe and the US. By focusing on the approaches to the color red, the intent of this exhibition is to establish a constant against which varying conceptions of nonobjective painting can be discussed and compared.

SEEING RED: International Exhibition of Nonobjective Painting

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Michael Fehr, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, Germany, and Hunter College Art Department Faculty member Gabriele Evertz.
The exhibition is presented in three parts:

January 30 - May 3, 2003
Seeing Red Part I: Pioneers of Nonobjective Painting
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery presents works by Josef Albers, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Sally Hazelet Drummond, Hans Hofmann, Ralph Humphrey, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Richard Pousette-Dart, Ray Parker, Tony Smith, Julian Stanczak, Esteban Vicente, and Jack Youngerman.

Pioneers of Nonobjective Painting will be presented at the Hunter College/Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College West Building, SW corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, January 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

March 12 - April 26, 2003
Seeing Red Part II: Contemporary Nonobjective Painting
The Hunter College/Times Square Gallery presents a collection of works that explore an overview of nonobjective painting of the last decade performed by European and American artists. On view are about 160 paintings by artists such as Marc Angeli (B), Bernard Aubertin (F), Stephan Baumkötter (G), Thomas Bechinger (G), Engelbert Becker (G), Lutz Becker (G), Stephan Bordarier (F), Joel Carriero (US), Sotirakis Charalambou (GB), David Frederic Clarkson (CAN), Christiane Conrad (G), Steve Davis (US), Claudia Desgranges (G), Helmut Dirnaichner (G), Andras Gal (HU), Rupprecht Geiger (G), Max Gimblett, (US), Raimund Girke (G), Kuno Gonschior (G), Monika Guenter (G), Tinka von Hasselbach (G), Rosa M. Hessling (G), Edgar Hofschen (G), Gottfried Honegger (CH), Dorothee Joachim (G), Reimer Jochims (G), Jus Juchtmans (B), James Jusczcyk (US), Raymund Kaiser (G), Hartwig Kompa (G), Maria Lalic (GB), Vincent Longo (US), Joseph Marioni (US), A. Paola Neuman (G), Doug Ohlson (US), Sybille Pattscheck (G), Bruce Pearson (US), Gregory Peck (HU), Otto Piene (G), Thomas Pihl (NOR), Michael Roegler (G), Rolf Rose (G), Robert Sagerman (US), Karin Sander (G), Gabriele Schade-Hasenberg (G), Andrea Schomburg (G), Arne Schreiber (G), Emil Schumacher (G), Seán Shanahan (IR), Phil Sims (US), Clinton Storm (US), Robert Swain (US), Frederic Matys Thursz (US), Peter Tollens (G), Dieter Villinger (G), Rudolf Vombek (G), herman de vries (NL), Mac Wells (US), Icke Winzer (G), Sanford Wurmfeld (US).

This exhibition includes an investigation of red pigments as well as an overview of color systems.

The exhibition will be shown at the Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41st Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues at Dyer Street). Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 1-6 p.m. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, March 12, from 6-8 p.m.

March 14 - 15, 2003
Part III: Symposium

The exhibition will be accompanied by a two-day symposium Color as Experience: On Contemporary Nonobjective Painting and Color Theory, organized by the Hunter College Art Department in collaboration with the Goethe Institute New York. This conference is to establish a scholarly as well as public discourse on color theories and on color in nonobjective painting, supplying a theoretical background for the exhibition.
Keynote speaker will be noted author and Art Historian John Gage (Cambridge).
It will take place at the Goethe Institute New York on March 14-15, 2003.

In addition to the support of the Hunter College Art Department and Galleries and The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, this project has been funded in part by generous contributions from: Stiftung Kunst & Kultur of the State North-Rhine-Westfalia, Duesseldorf, Auswaertiges Amt, Berlin, The Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum Hagen, private sponsors and The Friends of the Hunter College Art Galleries.

All contributions to the exhibition and symposium are documented in the book:

Michael Fehr/Sanford Wurmfeld (Editors): Seeing Red. On Nonobjective Painting and Color Theory, Salon Verlag, Cologne 2004. ISBN 3-89770-194-4.

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The book includes texts by:
Tracy L. Adler, William C. Agee, Christoph von Campenhausen, Tina Dickey, Gabriele Evertz, Michael Fehr, John Gage, James Gordon, Klaus Honnef, Frederick A. Horowitz, Georges Roque, Robert Swain, Sanford Wurmfeld