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Sanford Wurmfeld: Polychromy

MINUS SPACE is excited to announce the two-person exhibition Gabriele Evertz / Sanford Wurmfeld: Polychromy. The exhibition will present new works by two revolutionary New York City-based abstract color painters. Working across a wide array of media, from abstract painting to installation to filmmaking, Sanford Wurmfeld has exhaustively investigated the subject of color for more than fifty years through its essential qualities of hue, value, and saturation. In his paintings, Wurmfeld mixes and modifies colors empirically by eye without relying on any supporting scientific or mathematical system, which he then overlays onto layered grids of shifting alignment. Wurmfeld believes the perception of color to be a highly subjective experience and he openly embraces differing, individualized responses on the part of the viewer. He states, “We each bring to the paintings some kind of baggage that is far from universal, and so each of these paintings has a different emotional content. I mean emotional as an almost visceral response, rather than a feeling you would name with words. I recognize that it’s there, but I don’t think it’s something that I’m particularly controlling for the viewer. I’m just creating something that creates a kind of visceral response in me.” For further information about the exhibition and available works, please contact the gallery. Available works can also be viewed on our Artsy page:

SANFORD WURMFELD Sanford Wurmfeld (b. 1942 in Bronx, NY) has exhibited his work worldwide in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1960s. In 2013, he was the subject of a major 45-year survey exhibition entitled Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions, 1966-2013 curated by William C. Agee at Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NYC. He has also presented solo exhibitions at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Galerie Denise Rene, Susan Caldwell Gallery, Bard College, Maxwell Davidson Gallery (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), Mucsarnok Kunsthalle (Budapest, Hungary), Talbot-Rice Gallery (Edinburgh, Scotland), Neuberger Museum (Purchase, NY), and Ewing Museum Gallery (Knoxville, TN). In 1968, Wurmfeld was the youngest artist included in the landmark exhibition Art of the Real curated by Eugene Goossen at the Museum of Modern Art, NY. The exhibition traveled for the next two years to the Grand Palais (Paris, France), Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland), and The Tate Gallery (London, England). Wurmfeld’s other museum group exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Academy Museum (both New York), Dayton Art Museum (Dayton, OH), Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum (Hagen, Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (Mouans-Sartoux, France), among others. Wurmfeld has lectured and written extensively on the history of color, painting, and abstraction. He has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, City University of New York, and Dartmouth College. Wurmfeld’s work is included in collections worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum (all New York), Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Sprengler Museum (both Germany), and Espace de l’Art Concret (France), among others. In addition to his artistic work, Wurmfeld taught in the Department of Art at Hunter College from 1967-2012, where he educated and mentored countless generations of artists. Originally invited to join the faculty by sculptor Tony Smith and critic Eugene Goossen, Wurmfeld was Chairman of the department from 1978-2006.

colour exhibitions 

Sanford Wurmfeld, “II-12 (DN-BG/N-G) + B/1(R)” (2018), acrylic on canvas, 30 x 31 inches

Sanford Wurmfeld. Variations
2 March – 20 April 2019, Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm + by appointment
Solo Exhibition
Minus Space, 16 Main Street, Suite A, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Dumbo), US
Hyperallergic Review
The Brooklyn Rail Review


Ana Pais Oliveira. Look up, there is beauty 
30 August – 6 October 2018 
Second Solo Exhibition 
Art Forum Ute Barth, Kartausstrasse 8, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland


Lokalkolorit: Farbe Architektur Raum 18 August 2018 – 23 September 2018, Forum Schlossplatz Aarau

Lokalkolorit: Farbe Architektur Raum 18 August 2018 – 23 September 2018 Forum Schlossplatz, Schlossplatz 4, 5000 Aarau, Switzerland Exhibition jointly organized with Haus der Farbe Zurich


Experience COLOUR 29 August 2018 – 14 October 2018 This exhibition is a remarkably beautiful, hands-on exhibition, inviting visitors of all ages and abilities to explore the fascinating science and art of colour through large scale installations, displays and experiments. Glasshouse Arts Centre at the Ruskin Glass Centre, The Glasshouse, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 4HF, UK More


Radiant Energy. Gabriele Evertz, Robert Swain, and Sanford Wurmfeld, 2 February – 13 May 2018, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901, USA, Main and Robinson Strolling Galleries

Radiant Energy — Gabriele Evertz, Robert Swain, and Sanford Wurmfeld 2 February – 13 May 2018 The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901, USA Main and Robinson Strolling Galleries


Loving always [colour] as usual, Hsinchu, Taiwan Hwei-Ian Chang Solo Exhibition 11 December 2017 – 10 January 2018 National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) Arts Center Gallery