In the seeming coolness and simplicity of minimalist art lies an infinite complexity. That complexity emerges not from the art itself, or the austere pose from which it emerged, but from the viewer’s own maximalist imagination.
Giuseppe Panza, the great Milanese collector of minimalist painting and installation who died in 2010 after donating dozens of important works from his collection to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, knew this well. In 2015, that collection was bolstered by the gallery’s acquisition of 41 more installations, photographs, sculptures and drawings from Panza’s trove. These will be the focus of “Looking at Tomorrow: Light and Language from the Panza Collection,” opening Oct. 24 and running through Feb. 7.
Highlights of the show include Hamish Fulton’s photographic series of a hike across Northern Scotland, an early Sol LeWitt color wall drawing from 1970, Lawrence Wiener’s installation “A WALL STRIPPED OF PLASTER OR WALLBOARD” and a light-based installation by Douglas Wheeler a release promises will be an “unforgettable, ethereal experience.”
“Numerous artists in ‘Looking at Tomorrow’ expand the spatial possibilities of art, creating installations for the experience of light and space,” according to a gallery release. “Other artists turn to language written on the wall, projected, printed, or appended to photographs, and marry subjects and methods associated with prose, poetry, and philosophy with the visual arts.”
Admission to the gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.) is $5 to $12. Call 882-8700 or visit albrightknox.org.