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Space Sisters - Work from the 1970's

  • Alan Shields
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    Alan Shields, Brown Box Set #13, 1974

Press for Space Sisters - Work from the 1970's

Current Exhibitions at Van Doren Waxter


A Tower in the Night Forest

  • Katsura Funakoshi,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Color: Paintings & Drawings 1997-2007

  • Tom Fairs,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Marram

  • TM Davy,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joshua Nathanson and Erin Jane Nelson

  • Joshua Nathanson,
  • Erin Jane Nelson,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ocean Park Works on Paper 1978 - 1991

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings & Works on Paper

  • Moira Dryer,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting I Prefer to Know, Works on Canvas from 1950-1958

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Names will never hurt me

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

2030

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Starry Sky

  • Douglas Melini,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

.....READ ALL ABOUT

  • Gareth Nyandoro,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Structures and Landscapes, 1950-1968

  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rockers and Pendulums, 1969-1977

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Oct. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jeronimo Elespe

  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aiko Hachisuka and John Williams

  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • John Williams,
  • Opens: Aug. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Sep. 29, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gaze

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • TM Davy,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Tom Fairs,
  • Judy Fiskin,
  • Joe Goode,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Cameron Martin,
  • Douglas Melini,
  • Valeska Soares,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Kevin Zucker,
  • Opens: Aug. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rolling Orbit: Prints from the 1970s

  • Alan Shields
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Figureheads [EXTENDED]

  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructions

  • John McLaughlin,
  • Opens: Mar. 28, 2018
  • Closes: May. 11, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Screen Life

  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tonics

  • Volker Hüller,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alan Shields Project

  • Lisa Alvarado,
  • Cheryl Donegan,
  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • Channing Hansen,
  • Naotaka Hiro,
  • Alan Shields
  • Martha Tuttle,
  • B. Wurtz,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper 1955-1967

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hot Spots

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cellophane Grip

  • Evan Nesbit,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Annotations, Striations, and Souvenirs

  • Ishmael Randall Weeks,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Healdsburg Years, 1988-1993

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Sisters - Work from the 1970's

  • Alan Shields
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part I

  • Al Held,
  • Alan Shields
  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part II

  • James Brooks,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Al Held,
  • Manny Farber,
  • Alan Shields
  • Opens: Jul. 28, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgeries

  • Tim Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Surrealism: Works from the 1930's

  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emil Nolde and Die Brücke - Master Drawings New York

  • Erich Heckel,
  • Emil Nolde,
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,
  • Max Pechstein,
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 4 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Familiar World 1942 – 1982

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Carl D'Alvia,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frankenthaler, Rockburne, & Sterne

  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Jul. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

There's Always Tomorrow

  • Joe Goode,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Closes: May. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Particular Paradox

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Degree of Tilt

  • Jackie Saccoccio,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Color(less)

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Michael Goldberg,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Al Held,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Franz Kline,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Mark Tobey,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Color Abstractions 1949-1955

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushstrokes - India Ink Drawings from 1960

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Machines 1947 – 1951

  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Other Night Other Light

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hone

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McLaughlin

  • Marvelous Void,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Go Figure

  • James Brooks,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Philip Guston,
  • Ed Paschke,
  • Hedda Sterne,
  • Kristin Baker,
  • Michael Berryhill,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reticulations

  • Cameron Martin,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

When

Sep 14 - Oct 28, 2016


Where

Van Doren Waxter

  • 23 E 73rd St, New York NY 10021 Map
  • 212.445.0444

About

Van Doren Waxter is pleased to announce Space Sisters, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Alan Shields, on view from September 14 through October 28, 2016. The exhibition will focus on a selection of pieces from the 70s, presenting examples of Shields’ most bombastic work along with his quietest, highlighting a period in Shields’ career when he was receiving international recognition.

Emblematic of the freewheeling ethos of the period, Shields’ semiotic style includes spirals, mazes, pyramids, mandalas, anthropomorphic and natural forms. Shields’ command of color and form epitomize the American Post-Minimalist movement, seen in the large-scale, highly adorned multi-media painting, Space Sisters, 1972-74, an ecstatic example of the artist’s exploration of materiality, which employs acrylic, cotton thread, beads and mop heads on linen.

By contrast, the less ebullient large-scale painting, Jello Apples, shows the artist’s restraint. Dominated by what appears to be black ground, but what is actually several mottled colors blooming through a dark field, the painting is punctuated with geometric stitching and a horizon of painted and dyed fabric circles sewn on to create curvilinear forms. This subtlety is echoed in the simplistic beauty of the “Brown Box Set” series (1974-75), which, along with his drawings on paper towels, are Shields at his most pared down—no ornamentation, only watercolor, paint and pencil. Immediate and personal in scale, these smaller works can be seen as ethereal impressions—keys to the artist’s larger works and his career-long exploration of unconventional materials and varied forms.

Born in Kansas and raised on his family’s farm, Alan Shields approached a growing interest in Post-Minimalism—a movement co-opted by installation and land artists like Richard Serra and Robert Smithson—with a synthesis of material assemblages that fused the lingering hippiedom of the 60s, folk motifs, and non-Western imagery with the techniques of Color Field painting and the fluid gesture of Abstract Expressionism into a thoroughly unique and singular aesthetic.

Governed primarily by his interests, Shields engaged in a diverse practice, leaving behind a body of work that includes sculptures, paintings, prints, works on paper and wearable work, among other experiments with handmade paper, string, cotton pulp, steel and stop-motion animation. Insofar as he adopted a signature style, it might be his complete rejection of stretched canvas in favor of a less precious, more accessible art.

Shields’ legacy continues to reverberate amongst significant contemporary artists in conversation with his approach to craft and the unframed object: Jim Lambie’s sculptural assemblages; Polly Apfelbaum’s chromatic “carpets;” Jessica Stockholder’s interactive installations which co-opt the floors and walls—the list of those who sample Shields’ interest in remaining uncircumscribed by standards or popular movement is long, and stands to grow longer.


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