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1950s–1960s: Kinetic Abstraction

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Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10011 40.748682 -74.004378
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    Gallery Exhibits, Postwar/Contemporary

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No, it’s not the heat getting to you: Those paintings are actually moving. The Rosen gallery has collaborated with German collector Erika Hoffmann on a show of kinetic art mostly from the “ZERO” movement, an unusually lively branch of late-fifties and early-sixties minimalism that embraced chance and spontaneity. Julio Le Parc’s Mobile Noir Sur Noir (1960) resembles an animated Ad Reinhardt monochrome, Gianni Colombo’s Strutturazione Pulsante (1959) a breathing Agnes Martin grid. François Morellet’s Wave Motion Thread (1965), an oscillating floor-to-ceiling string, creates a mesmerizing double helix. Visitors are asked to flip the switches on several works that are too old and fragile to be run continuously. Some, like Jean Tinguely’s Maschinenbild Haus Lange (1960), are even a little creaky and chipped at the edges—which only adds to the charm of this forgotten corner of postwar art.

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