Richard Aldrich • Zachary Armstrong • Kevin Beasley • Sam Gilliam • Channing Hansen • Arturo Herrera • Eric N. Mack • Rebecca Morris • Carrie Moyer • Sam Moyer • Angel Otero • Laura Owens • Ruth Root • Thomas Scheibitz • Amy Sillman • Stanley Whitney
Inherent Structure showcases a multigenerational group of 16 exceptional artists who challenge abstract painting’s historical associations with chance, gesture, and aesthetic purity. The works presented here instead reveal the deliberate structures embedded in abstraction, illustrating how contemporary practices emerge not just from formal conventions exclusive to painting, but also from the artists’ particular material, psychological, and sociopolitical concerns.
The exhibition invites you to explore more than 60 captivating works that reflect and refract contemporary abstraction through a variety of exacting and systematic frames of reference, providing fascinating insights into the underlying sources and influences of abstract painting today. Carrie Moyer’s and Arturo Herrera’s vibrant paintings draw uniquely from pop culture, cartoons, and graphic design. Stanley Whitney’s lyrical compositions build dynamic visual fields from bold blocks of color. Sam Gilliam removes paintings’ traditional framed supports for his stained, draped canvases, as does Laura Owens for her works made from digitally designed and manually screen-printed wallpaper—surfaces cut and extracted from the walls of a previous exhibition. Bearing Owens’s trademark wit, her enigmatic works also respond to visitors’ texts. Amy Sillman and Thomas Scheibitz construct imagined landscapes and interiors for viewers to optically traverse, while Eric N. Mack and Kevin Beasley draw from their physical surroundings to compose works with found textiles that include do-rags, house dresses, and threadbare curtains. You’ll also encounter works made of reclaimed fragments of stone and marble and a childhood doodle turned into a striking allover pattern for wallpaper and paintings presented in our lower lobby.
Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts.
1. Angel Otero
Two Evening Moons, 2017
Oil skins on fabric
122 x 136 x 5 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein
2. Arturo Herrera
Untitled, 2017 (detail)
Acrylic on canvas
74 7/8 x 59 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
3. Channing Hansen
Hand-spun, hand-dyed wool and tulip wood
86 5/8 x 118 1/8 in.
© Channing Hansen
Courtesy of Channing Hansen and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
4. Kevin Beasley
In my other dream I imagined a landscape, 2017
House dresses, kaftans, t-shirts, socks, do-rags, altered garments, altered fitted caps, altered bed sheets, butterfly pin, and resin
82 x 178 x 4 1/2 in.
Collection of Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger
Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
Photo: Jason Wyche
5. Rebecca Morris
Oil on canvas
85 x 101 in.
Courtesy of the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, and Barbara Weiss, Berlin
Photo: Lee Thompson
6. Richard Aldrich
Painting That Can Be Here and There, 2015 (detail)
Oil, wax, and enamel on linen
84 x 58 in.
The Rachofsky Collection
© Richard Aldrich
Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Photo: David Regen
7. Ruth Root
Untitled, 2017 (detail)
Fabric, Plexiglas, enamel paint, and spray paint
82 x 54 in.
Courtesy of the artist; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Photo: Brica Wilcox
8. Sam Gilliam
Drape Work, 1970
Acrylic on canvas
Approx. 108 x 108 in.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Gift of the Roger H. Ogden Collection
Free for members, college students (with valid ID), those under 18
$8 general public
$6 senior citizens (65 and older)
$6 Ohio State faculty and staff (with BUCK ID)
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