This exhibition catalog is from the collection of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.
More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the ’70s raises a number of challenging propositions about the relationships between politics and culture, gender and subjectivity, and authority and language. At the same time, a close look at the relations between feminism and abstraction also leads us to a reappraisal of the collective impact on contemporary American art of a generation of women artists working circa 1970. Uncompromising individuals, Lynda Benglis, Jackie Ferrara, Nancy Graves, Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Mary Miss, Ree Morton, Michelle Stuart, Dorothea Rockburne, Hannah Wilke, and Jackie Winsor legitimized the role of female subjectivity in a fundamentally abstract aesthetic. Collectively they not only extended many boundaries between the traditional genres of sculpture, painting, and drawing but also conceived an alternative to minimalism’s monolithic voice, making concrete the possibility of formally challenging yet profoundly human art.