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Jennie C. Jones, Red Tone #4, 2021. Acrylic on canvas board with architectural felt, 30 1/2 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (76.2 x 76.2 x 3.81 cm). Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York; PATRON Gallery, Chicago. © 2022 Jennie C. Jones
N. Dash, Untitled, 2016. Earth, pigment, acrylic, gesso, string, linen, canvas, jute, pencil, staples, wood support. 66 x 91 x 1 3⁄4 in. (167.6 x 231.1 x 4.5 cm). © N. Dash, Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York
Sarah Crowner, Medusa with open forms, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, sewn, 70 x 60 in. (177.8 x 152.4 cm). © Sarah Crowner
Dyani White Hawk, Untitled (Gold and Russett), 2019. Acrylic, oil, glass beads, and synthetic sinew on canvas, 30 x 30 in (76.2 x 76.2 cm). Collection of the Aktá Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery.
Sam Moyer, Dependents 4, 2021. Soapstone and blue pigmented concrete with beach stone aggregate, 38 3/4 x 48 7/16 x 18 1/2 inches (98.5 x 123 x 47 cm). © Sam Moyer. Photo: JSP Art Photography. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York
Ruby Sky Stiler, Father and Child, 2018. Acid-free foam-core, aqua-resin, paint, graphite, thermal adhesive on panel, 50 x 60 in. (127 x 152.4 cm). © Ruby Sky Stiler, Courtesy of the artist and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
Liz Glynn, Untitled (Tumbleweed XIII), 2017. Stainless steel, 20 x 24 x 19 inches (50.8 x 60.96 x 48.26 cm). © Liz Glynn. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert

No Forms
Hill Art Foundation
May 12–July 15, 2022

 

My [artworks] have neither object nor space nor line nor anything—no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form. You wouldn’t think of form by the ocean.

—Agnes Martin, 1966

 

The Hill Art Foundation is pleased to announce No Forms, a group exhibition curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, New York. The exhibition brings together works across mediums by eighteen women and gender-nonconforming artists who grapple with the legacy of Minimalism, an artistic movement historically dominated by the voices of men. The title of the exhibition is taken from a quote by artist Agnes Martin, who was frequently referred to as a Minimalist, but never identified as one. While her works emphasize strategies associated with Minimalism such as geometry and repetition, they also embrace concepts of fluctuation and instability evidenced in the inherent imperfections of her hand-drawn lines.

No Forms combines important works from the Hill Collection with key loans. After identifying a core selection of artists from the Collection, many of whom are based in New York City, Norton invited additional voices to round out the grouping. A spirit of collegiality and dialogue animates the exhibition. Norton had previously collaborated with several of the included artists and consulted directly with many of them regarding the selection of their works in the show. No Forms is a direct outgrowth of these conversations.

The artists assembled consider the tension between form and formlessness and the inevitable glitches that arise in the attempt to create discrete, distinct objects. They operate within the cracks that result from such attempts, and exalt states of transformation and becoming. A complex materiality emerges from these works, which are often created in collaboration with natural substances such as stone and earth, as well as with manufactured ones, such as acoustic baffling felt and spray paint. In many pieces, the artists attempt to give form and pattern to that which is fleeting and ephemeral—air, sound, or movement—as they work between states of restraint and abandon, solidity and flux.

No Forms brings together works by artists across generations. It opens with two paintings by Agnes Martin, who serves as the central inspiration for the exhibition and an influence for many of the included artists. In the first room, Martin’s works are juxtaposed with pieces by Agnieszka Kurant and Michal Rovner, which engage with concepts of weightlessness, frequency, and motion through electromagnetic fields and LCD screens. In the main gallery, Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Crowner, N. Dash, Jennie C. Jones, and Dyani White Hawk play with and extend painterly strategies of monochromatism, texture, and repetition. Deeper into the Foundation space, Mika Tajima and Sam Moyer pivot to sculpture. Their works in glass and stone, respectively, explore ideas of holding, reciprocity, and entropy. Upstairs, Krista Clark presents drawings made specifically for this exhibition in which she cuts, threads, tears, and layers paper, creating palpable tension, and Maren Hassinger, Liz Glynn, and Ruby Sky Stiler consider themes of porousness and precarity in relationship to figures and vessels.

Rather than attempting a systematic reassessment of the legacy of Minimalism; No Forms operates as a proposition, highlighting multiple pathways that artists have charted through and against the movement of the 1960s and into the present.

Artist List
Carmen Argote (b. 1981 Guadalajara, Mexico)
Tauba Auerbach (b. 1981 San Francisco, CA)
Krista Clark (b. 1975 Burlington, VT)
Sarah Crowner (b. 1974 Philadelphia, PA)
N. Dash (b. 1980 Miami Beach, FL)
Liz Glynn (b. 1981 Boston, MA)
Harmony Hammond (b. 1944 Chicago, IL)
Maren Hassinger (b. 1947 Los Angeles, CA)
Shirazeh Houshiary (b. 1955 Shiraz, Iran)
Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968 Cincinnati, OH)
Minjung Kim (b. 1962 Gwangju, Korea)
Agnieszka Kurant (b. 1978 Łódź, Poland)
Agnes Martin (b. 1912 Macklin, Canada; d. 2004 Taos, NM)
Sam Moyer (b. 1982 Chicago, IL)
Michal Rovner (b. 1957 Ramat Gan, Israel)
Ruby Sky Stiler (b. 1979 Portland, ME)
Mika Tajima (b. 1975 Los Angeles, CA)
Dyani White Hawk (Sičangu Lakota; b. 1976 Madison, WI)

N. Dash, Untitled (detail), 2016. Earth, pigment, acrylic, gesso, string, linen, canvas, jute, pencil, staples, wood support. 66 x 91 x 1 3⁄4 in. (167.6 x 231.1 x 4.5 cm). © N. Dash, Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York

Margot Norton is Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, New York. She is currently working on a survey exhibition with artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca to open at the New Museum in June 2022. She recently organized the 2021 New Museum Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone,” co-curated with Jamillah James. Norton joined the New Museum in 2011 and has curated and co-curated exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Diedrick Brackens, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Goshka Macuga, Nathaniel Mellors, Laure Prouvost, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, and Kaari Upson; and group exhibitions “This End the Sun,” “The Keeper,” and “Here and Elsewhere,” among others. She also curated the Eighth Sequences Real Time Art Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland (2017), and the Georgian Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale with artist Anna K.E. She has contributed to and edited numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art and curating. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.

MAR AG 003

Agnes Martin

Untitled1979

Watercolor and ink on paper

11 x 11 in (27.9 x 27.9 cm)

 

ROV MI 001

Michal Rovner

Current 1, 2006

Wood-framed LCD screen, paper, computer, and digital video

19 x 31 in (48.3 x 78.7 cm)

KUR AG 001

Agnieszka Kurant

Air Rights 2, 2015

Powdered stone, foam, wood, electromagnets, custom pedestal

59 1/4 x 9 x 9 in (150.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)

LG 3

Liz Glynn

Untitled (Tumbleweed XIII), 2017

Stainless steel

20 x 24 x 19 in (50.8 x 61 x 48.3 cm)

MAR AG 002

Agnes Martin

Tranquility, 2001

Acrylic and graphite on canvas

60 x 60 in (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

AUE TA 001

Tauba Auerbach

Shatter V, 2009

Acrylic on paper

Image: 30 x 33 in (76.2 x 83.8 cm)

Untitled (Gold And Russet) Shadow 300

Dyani White Hawk

Untitled (Gold and Russett), 2019

Acrylic, oil, glass beads, and synthetic sinew on canvas

30 x 30 in (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

CRO SA 013

Sarah Crowner

Medusa with open forms, 2020

Acrylic on canvas, sewn

70 x 60 in (177.8 x 152.4 cm)

DAS N 001 1

N.Dash

Untitled2016

Earth, pigment, acrylic, gesso, string, linen, canvas, jute, pencil, staples, wood support

66 x 91 x 1 3⁄4 in. (167.6 x 231.1 x 4.5 cm)

AUE TA 002

Tauba Auerbach

Untitled (Fold), 2011

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 54 in (182.8 x 137.2 cm)

MAR AG 001

Agnes Martin

Untitled #20, 1988

Acrylic and pencil on canvas

72 x 72 in (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Jones A Score For Tenderness And Grace (Grey) 2021 JCJ123 Rendered

Jennie C. Jones

A Score for Tenderness and Grace, (Grey), 2021

Acrylic, ink, and collage on paper in 4 parts

23 x 19 in (58.4 x 48.3 cm) each

Jennie C. Jones

Red Tone #4, 2021

Acrylic on canvas board with architectural felt

30 1⁄2 x 30 x x 1 1⁄2 in (76.2 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)

HAF MK 17 091 01(1) (1)

Minjung Kim

Order-Impulse, 2017

Mixed media on mulberry Hanji paper

80 x 55 1⁄2 in. (203 x 141 cm)

Sam Moyer

Dependents 4, 2021

Soapstone and blue pigmented concrete with beach stone

38 3⁄4 x 48 1⁄2 x 18 1⁄2 in (98.4 x 123.2 x 47 cm)

SM P.22.1492 Title TBD, 2022

Sam Moyer

Green Foot, 2022

Marble, acrylic on plaster-coated canvas mounted to MDF

60 1⁄2 x 51 1⁄2 x 1 in (153.7 x 130.8 x 2.5 cm)

HOU SH 001

Shirazeh Houshiary

Nous, 2012

Pencil, pigments and white aquacryl on canvas and aluminum

74 3⁄4 x 106 1⁄4 in. (190 x 270 cm)

TajimaM.2131 Anima 18 02 CB Web

Mika Tajima

Anima 18, 2021

Glass, cast bronze jet nozzles

13 x 19 1⁄2 x 14 in (33 x 49.5 x 35.6 cm)

TajimaM.2133 Anima 25 02 CB Web

Mika Tajima

Anima 25, 2021

Glass, cast bronze jet nozzles

6 x 16 x 11 in (15.2 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm)

 

MT 20 Anima 6 View1

Mika Tajima

Anima 6, 2020

Glass, cast bronze jet nozzles

19 x 20 x 14 in (48.3 x 50.8 x 35.6 cm)

TAJ MI 008

Mika Tajima

Negative Entropy (Digital Ocean NYC2 4U NAS, Blue, Hex), 2017

Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

110 x 55 in. (279.4 x 139.7 cm)

Screen Shot 2022 05 11 At 1.40.46 PM

Krista Clark

Revisions I, 2022

Graphite, pastel, construction fencing

25 x 38 in (63.5 x 96.5 cm)

Screen Shot 2022 05 11 At 1.41.03 PM

Krista Clark

Revisions II, 2022

Graphite, pastel, construction fencing

25 x 38 in (63.5 x 96.5 cm)

Screen Shot 2022 05 11 At 1.40.53 PM

Krista Clark

Revisions III, 2022

Graphite, pastel, construction fencing

25 x 38 in (63.5 x 96.5 cm)

CA15.18 Carmen Argote DietaryFibers 2020 IMGRubenDiaz

Carmen Argote

Dietary Fibers, 2020

Proteinchesbar oil transfer and crayon on paper

30 x 22 inches (76 x 56 cm)

CA15.19 Carmen Argote SweetCarbs 2020 IMGRubenDiaz

Carmen Argote

Sweet Carbs, 2020

Proteinchesbar oil transfer and crayon on paper

30 x 22 inches (76 x 56 cm)

2021 HASSINGER Untitled Vessel (Beige)

Maren Hassinger

Untitled Vessel (Beige), 2021

Stretch polyester fabric on steel armature

Diameter: 60 x 24 inches (152.4 x 61 cm)

2021 HASSINGER Amphora I (Install)

Maren Hassinger

Amphora I, 2021

Graphite on paper

92 3⁄4 x 46 1⁄4 inches (235.6 x 117.5 cm)

GLY LI 001 1

Liz Glynn

Emotional Architecture: Gestural Fragment, 2016

Ceramic

15 x 9 x 2 1⁄2 inches (38.1 x 22.9 x 6.4 cm)

HyperFocal: 0

Harmony Hammond

Trace, 2015

Oil and mixed media on canvas

80 1⁄4 x 54 1⁄2 x 2 1⁄2 inches (203.8 x 138.4 x 6.4 cm)

STI RUb 009

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

STI RUb 008

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

STI RUb 011

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

STI RUb 007

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

STI RUb 006

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

STI RUb 010

Ruby Sky Stiler

Untitled, 2013

Woven book pages and spray paint

11 1⁄2 x 8 inches (29.2 x 20.3 cm)

AUE TA 003

Tauba Auerbach

Untitled (Fold), 2012

Acrylic on canvas

72 x 54 inches (182.8 x 137.2 cm)

GLY LI 002 1

Liz Glynn

Untitled (after Walking Man), 2014

Bronze

66 x 23 1⁄4 x 23 1⁄2 inches (165.1 x 59.1 x 59.7 cm)

CRO SA 004

Sarah Crowner 

Untitled, 2014

Raw canvas, sewn and artist frame (oil on wood)

78 x 60 inches (198.12 x 152.4 cm)

Ruby Sky Stiler

Father and Child, 2018

Acid-free foam-core, aqua-resin, paint, graphite, thermal adhesive on panel

50 x 60 inches (127 x 152.4 cm)

CRO SA 012

Sarah Crowner

Hero (Ascending), 1963, 2009

Gouache on sewn canvas

36 x 30 inches (91.4 x 76.2 cm)

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