Terra Foundation-supported Events



This exhibition considers Minimalist art from multiple points of origin—from New York and the US West Coast to Japan, Korea, Europe, and Australia—and explores its legacies and influences in Southeast Asia and beyond. With its radical reduction of form and its renegotiation of the relationship between the object and its environment, Minimalism had a profound influence not only on visual art, but also on the performing arts, literature, fashion, architecture, and interior design. Featured American artists include Donald Judd (1928–1994), Barnett Newman (1905–1970), and Agnes Martin (1912–2004), among others.

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Exhibition: Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings

Cambridge University’s art gallery, Kettle’s Yard, presents Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings. This exhibition re-assesses Richard Pousette-Dart’s (1916–1992) contributions to the development of Abstract Expressionism while also examining the artist’s over 40-year friendship with Kettle’s Yard founder, Jim Ede, whose collection forms the basis of this museum. Although usually recognized for his painting, Pousette-Dart’s experiments in drawing, sculpture and photography will be featured, focusing on his formative practice during the mid-1930s to the late-1940s.

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Exhibition: Irving Penn: Centennial

This major retrospective of the photographs of Irving Penn commemorates the centennial of the artist’s birth, and will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist to date. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.

This exhibition was also on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (April 24–July 30, 2017), the Grand Palais, Paris, France (September 21, 2017–January 29, 2018), and C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany (March 24–July 1, 2018). 

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Exhibition: The Essential Duchamp

The Essential Duchamp presents Marcel Duchamp’s (1887–1968) life and work through the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA). The exhibition provides a survey of the artist and emphasizes his sustained efforts to eliminate the boundary between art and life. Traveling to the Tokyo National Museum, National Museum of Modern Art South Korea, and the Art Gallery of New South Whales, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Duchamp to be presented in these regions.

This exhibition will also be on view at National Museum of Modern Art South Korea and the Art Gallery of New South Whales. More information is forthcoming.

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Exhibition: Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) presents Harvey Quaytman: Against the Static, a retrospective of the four-decade career of abstract painter Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002). Quaytman’s work resides at the juncture of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Process Art and Constructivism—where considerations of line, distilled geometric forms, materiality, atmosphere, and texture merge. Strongly influenced by the work of Kazimir Malevich (1878–1935), Piet Mondrian (1872–1944), and Henri Matisse (1869–1954), Quaytman’s work reveals the interplay between earlier strands of European Modernism and American post-war abstraction, pushing the formal and conceptual boundaries of abstract painting.

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Exhibition: Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit

In the early 20th century, images of Inuit people became a source of fascination to the American and European public and artists alike, including French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and his Surrealist contemporaries. The exhibition, Yua (a term from the Central Yup’ik language spoken in Alaska that means “parallel” and is also commonly understood as defining a spirit or soul), presents masks and drawings by Alaskan Natives alongside the work of Matisse. The exhibition explores the spiritual universe of Alaskan natives by reuniting 40 pairs of masks that have been apart since leaving their originating communities more than a century ago.

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Exhibition: Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing draws attention to the documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) and how she used photography as an instrument of social change. Best known for her iconic 1936 image Migrant Mother, Lange’s career spanned more than four decades. This exhibition presents Lange’s Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographs, her images of the WWII-era internment of Japanese Americans, and her “New California” series, depicting environmental change in that state.

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Exhibition: Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor

Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor illuminates how Alexander Calder’s (1898–1976) disruption of both conventional hierarchies of fine art and the boundaries between utilitarian and aesthetic objects gave him the freedom to develop novel approaches within a range of media. This comprehensive exhibition includes a variety of key works by Calder, including sculptures, drawings performances, and jewelry.

This exhibition will also be on view at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (April 5, 2019–August 4, 2019) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (September 13, 2019–January 12, 2020). More information is forthcoming.

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Exhibition: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power presents the work made by leading African American artists between 1963 and 1983. Bringing together more than 150 objects from private and public collections, the exhibition features paintings, collages, photographs, prints, and sculpture. The exhibition considers the different ways in which approximately fifty artists from across the US—including Norman Lewis (1909–1979), Romare Bearden (1911–1988), Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012), Wadsworth Jarrell (b. 1929), Betye Saar (b. 1926), Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), John Outterbridge (b. 1933), and Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)—understood what it meant to be Black within their artistic practice.

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