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Off the Grid

July 1, 2022 | Katherine Jentleson

On view through September 4

Cross in Square and Bear Paw—Nine-Block Variation by Agatha Bennett

Agatha Bennett (American, 1919–2006), Cross in Square and Bear Paw—Nine-Block Variation, ca. 1985, cotton, cotton/polyester blend, cotton knit, and corduroy, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2017.34. © Estate of Agatha Bennett/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The grid—a geometric form of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines—has for more than fifty years been recognized for its iconic presence in twentieth-century art. Art critics such as Rosalind Krauss and Jonathan Elderfield began writing about the prominence of grids in the 1970s, referring to the form’s ubiquity in the work of such artists as Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, and Frank Stella.

Although this exhibition highlights works by those artists in the High’s collection, it also presents them alongside artists who played “off” notions of the grid in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. The exhibition surveys the High’s diverse collecting areas, offering unprecedented juxtapositions of works by artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds, unified conceptually by their interest in grids. Ultimately, the exhibition not only confirms the grid as a dominant force in twentieth-century art but also expands this notion beyond canonical minimalist and abstract artists to include a more diverse group of artists working in a wide array of media.

Vega II by Victor Vasarely

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian, 1906–1997), Vega II, 1969, silkscreen on silk, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferst, 72.1000.11 B.

Doubling Squares by Alfred Jensen

Alfred Jensen (American, born Guatemala, 1903–1981), Doubling Squares, 1964, ink wash on paper, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase, 66.6.

Off the Grid is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
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Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund