Off the Grid
July 1–September 4, 2022
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. © Victor Vasarely.
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. This exhibition surveys the High’s diverse collecting areas, offering unprecedented juxtapositions of works by artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds and artistic practices, unified conceptually by their engagement with grids.
Art critics such as Rosalind Krauss and Jonathan Elderfield began writing about the prominence of grids in the 1970s, referencing the ubiquity of the form in the work of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, and Frank Stella. This exhibition highlights works on paper in the collection by those artists, presenting them alongside artists from across the collection who also played “off” notions of the grid over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, including quilters such as Agatha Bennett, photographers such as Harry Callahan and multimedia artists such as Howardena Pindell.
Off the Grid 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.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
This exhibition is made possible by
Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor
Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
ACT Foundation, Inc.
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Robin and Hilton Howell
Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Mrs. Peggy Foreman
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Dr. Joe B. Massey
Margot and Danny McCaul
Wade Rakes and Nicholas Miller
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
USI Insurance Services
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren
Generous support is also provided by
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.