Magenta Plains is pleased to present Don Dudley: Early Work, an exhibition featuring the artist’s signature monochromatic, sprayed-lacquer modular paintings and related works on paper dating from the 1970s.
This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Magenta Plains. Throughout his seventy-year career, Don Dudley has challenged artistic conventions and the traditional concept of a painting by incorporating industrial materials in his work such as aluminum, lacquer, homasote and plywood, creating subtle and sophisticated wall works that stand out for both their elegance and formal intelligence. Dudley’s oeuvre is a crucial historical link between the optical and surface-oriented sensibility of West Coast artists such as Robert Irwin and Craig Kaufman and hard-edge and minimalist East Coast artists such as Frank Stella and Ellsworth Kelly.
The analytical artistic methods in New York—especially the visual language of grids, modularity, and the aesthetics of industrial manufacturing—had a profound impact on Dudley’s approach to painting, and after moving to New York from California in 1969, he shifted his attention to structure and seriality. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he explored modular and serial structures with monochromatic color schemes as well as site-specific spatial installations—solidifying a connection to artists such as Anne Truitt and Donald Judd.
Simultaneously, the gallery presents an exhibition by Linnea Kniaz. Running Bond is the artist’s first solo exhibition at Magenta Plains. Driven by an empirical approach, Kniaz’s paintings, installations, and freestanding sculptures transgress inherent boundaries of objects, architecture, and form—drawing inspiration from multi-faceted artists like Anne Truitt and Ree Morton.
Don Dudley: Early Work
Linnea Kniaz: Running Bond
February 22–March 31, 2019
94 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002