Anne Wagner speaks on minimalism and time

Women’s Time: Martin and Truitt in the Moment of Minimalism
April 9, 2010 6pm
Berkeley Art Museum Theater
Free admission

In this special presentation, Anne Wagner, Chair in the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley will consider the work of Agnes Martin and Anne Truitt in relation to Minimalism and the modern repackaging of time.

Wagner writes: “For us moderns, time has changed. It has become a quantity, an investment, which we save, borrow, waste and spend. Often we run out of it, though occasionally we have a little to spare. Only then, like our machines, do we switch ‘off.’

“It was the forms of Minimalism that in the 1960s were most successful, and most influential, in reducing art’s temporal demands to, well, a minimum, for both viewer and maker alike. Repetition and geometry were the movement’s primary means, as by now is well known. But what is much less obvious is how and why some users of these straightforward sixties devices aimed for-and achieved-such utterly different perceptual effects. Anne Truitt, for example, speaks of her sculpture’s ability to ‘disarm time.’ And in Agnes Martin’s paintings, each line marks the duration of its making in and as its trace.”

Anne Wagner is the author of:
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux: Sculptor of the Second Empire (1986)
Three Artists (Three Women) (1996)
Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture (2005)

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