CORRESPONDENCES: AD REINHARDT AT 100

9 November – 14 December 2013

Opening Reception
Saturday 9 November, 6 – 9 pm

On the occasion of Ad Reinhardt’s Centennial, TEMP Art Space is pleased to
announce Correspondences: Ad Reinhardt at 100, an exhibition that displays Reinhardt’s rarely shown writings, notes, and diagrams alongside works by thirteen established and emerging contemporary abstract artists.

Correspondences features works by Sebastian Black, Keltie Ferris, Wade Guyton, Jacob Kassay, Zak Kitnick, Scott Lyall, Yoshiaki Mochizuki, Olivier Mosset, Steven Parrino, Nathlie Provosty, Julia Rommel, Michael Scott, and Don Voisine.

Correspondences is the inaugural exhibition of Curatorial Projects,   the Brooklyn Rail’s newest arts initiative. The exhibition is organized with the support of the Ad Reinhardt Foundation, and coincides with a major exhibition of the artist’s work at David Zwirner (November 7-December 18). Curatorial Projects Website. 

In his own time, Reinhardt was a strong supporter of younger artists, as well as their most virulent critic. In this spirit Correspondences suggests that Reinhardt’s art and thinking continues to be important for artists working today by functioning as a critical yardstick and moral compass by which to assess their work. Reinhardt’s ideas, far from serving as a template for the artists in the exhibition, act as an intellectual counterpoint by which to test their work’s formal and theoretical stance. Wide ranging conversations about art and aesthetics are proposed, rather than narrow considerations of legacy, which Reinhardt specifically avoided because he didn’t “want to make any troubles for the young artists, but leave them free.”

A significant cross section of artists have either created work specifically for the exhibition or are loaning pieces that are personally significant to them and their artistic practices. A portion of any sales will go to the Ad Reinhardt Foundation to aid them in their mission of supporting young artists.

Correspondences: Ad Reinhardt at 100 is curated by Alex Bacon and Harrison Tenzer, with the assistance of Louise Makowski and Nick Irvin, and is generously supported by the Ad Reinhardt Foundation, The Brooklyn Rail, and TEMP Art Space.


Correspondences Program Schedule

November 16Artist Talk – A panel conversation with artists Sebastian Black, Olivier Mosset, and Julia Rommel about their works in the exhibition. Time TBA.

November 23Artist Talk – A panel conversation with artists Zak Kitnick, Nathlie Provosty, and Michael Scott about their works in the exhibition. Time TBA.

December 14Closing Reception & Brooklyn Rail Special Issue Party – The closing reception will include a panel featuring artists included in the exhibition discussing their thoughts about Reinhardt. It will double as a launch party for a special Reinhardt Centennial issue of the Brooklyn Rail, edited by Barbara Rose and Alex Bacon, which features new writings about Ad Reinhardt by scholars, critics, archivists, curators, and artists. Time TBA.

Ad Reinhardt Centennial Exhibition Schedule

Correspondences coincides with a number of projects related to Ad Reinhardt’s Centennial, as well as other exhibitions in which the participating artists are featured. These include an exhibition of Reinhardt’s Black paintings, cartoons, and photographic slides, curated by Robert Storr at David Zwirner (November 7 – December 18); an accompanying book of Reinhardt’s cartoons featuring new scholarship by Storr, and a special issue of the Brooklyn Rail dedicated to writings on Reinhardt, edited by Barbara Rose and Alex Bacon (December 2013).

Furthermore, a number of participating artists will be showing elsewhere: Sebastian Black at CLEARING, New York (November - December), Keltie Ferris at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston (Outside the Lines, Group Exhibition, October 13, 2013 - March 23, 2014),  Jacob Kassay at 303 Gallery (November 1 - December 20), Olivier Mosset at the Kitchen and French Embassy, New York (October 31 - December 21), and at Bureau, Inc., New York (New Humans, Group Exhibition, November 17 - December 22), Steven Parrino at Gagosian Gallery, London (The Show Is Over, Group Exhibition, October 15 - November 30), Nathlie Provosty at Gallery Diet, Miami (Banter, Group Exhibition, November 7 - 30), Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, New York (Paint It On, Paint It Off, Group Exhibition, November 16 - December 8), and Come Together: Surviving Sandy at Industry City, Brooklyn (October 20 - December 15), Don Voisine is also featured in Come Together: Surviving Sandy.

Photo courtesy of the Ad Reinhardt Foundation. 

Photo courtesy of the Ad Reinhardt Foundation.