Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976
FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 21, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date of the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. This loose federation of 14 artists from the south of France made work marked an interest in materiality, lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting. French society was undergoing social protests and upheavals in the 1960s that mirrored the civil rights and anti-war movements in the USA. The Supports/Surfaces artists sought new forms and methods to reflect their times: standard art materials were dropped in favor of homespun non-art materials (bed sheets, rope, dish rags) and figuration was replaced by loose, permeable grids that hinted at a more democratic method of art-making and a proposal for humane society. Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and curated by Wallace Whitney.
Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 is in collaboration with Ceysson & Bénétière.