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Seeing Between the Lines

Seeing Between the Lines

Using works created since 1950, The Medium Is the Message explores the relationship between subject, content, and material in an artwork. We asked Assistant Curator of American Art Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander, who organized the exhibition, to provide a few lines about each.

John McLaughlin

Untitled #14

“McLaughlin was a California abstract, hard-edge painter interested in Japanese Zen Buddhism. You can see that reflected a bit in this work— it’s something totally abstract and about visual meditation. . . .  It offers a kind of aesthetic moment where you’re not thinking about anything else other than the work of art.”

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Robert Motherwell

Untitled (Elegy)

“I really love this Motherwell because it is very small, and though he made more than  200 Elegy paintings over the course of his life, this one he made a year before he died. There’s something very pro-found thinking about the fact he was making this then.”

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Zhou Tiehai


“Tiehai is a contemporary artist who plays with your expecta-tions of him as a Chinese painter. For instance, in this work—which is airbrushed, not done by hand—he’s cropped [his composition] so even if  it references a letter, you can’t see it. He abstracts the form
completely. In that way, you  can perhaps see other things, like more figurative forms.”

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Ruth Asawa


“This is my favorite piece in the series, which, of course, is by the great artist Ruth Asawa. It is a line rendered three-dimensional in all of its possibilities. She’s taken the line and carried it and repeated it and overlapped it over itself and, in doing so, created a sculpture out of something you could otherwise consider to be purely two-dimensional.”

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Spring 2020 Magazine

A digital copy of the magazine is available by clicking the button below. While some of the dates of exhibits mentioned in the magazine will inevitably change, rest assured that we will share those details when they are finalized.

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