Past Exhibitions

Inherent Structure

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 du-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.


multi-colored painting with broad red strokes

Arturo Herrera 
Untitled, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
74 7/8 x 59 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Installation photograph of Channing Hansen, Stanley Whitney, and Sam Moyer in the Wexner Center galleries.

Installation view of Inherent Structure at the Wexner Center 

Installation photograph of three Ruth Root paintings in the Wexner Center galleries.

Installation view of Inherent Structure at the Wexner Center

collage hanging on wall

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

image of colorful hanging fiber art

Channing Hansen
Software, 2017
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

large wall installation by Zachary Armstrong in the Wexner Center lower lobby.

Installation view of Inherent Structure at the Wexner Center 


Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation


Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation


Past Exhibitions

Inherent Structure