Installation view of “Other Primary Structures” at the Jewish Museum, 2014.

“Other Primary Structures”

New York

The Jewish Museum

In 1966, Kynaston McShine presented “Primary Structures: Younger Ameri­can and British Sculptors” at the Jewish Museum. The show introduced barely known artists, including Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Sol LeWitt, who worked in a pared-down visual language soon dubbed Mini­m­­al­ism. “Other Primary Structures,” a recent two-part exhibition curated by the museum’s deputy director Jens Hoffmann, reimagined that groundbreaking moment by restaging it with ’60s works by international artists not included in McShine’s show but who pursued similar ideas. These “others” were simultaneously taking aspects of Abstract Expressionism to new ends, using basic geometric forms, experimenting with industrial materials, and fabricating sculpture with engineering processes. In taking us back to a future with hindsight, this exhibition examined ’60s curatorial history through the lens of our own time..…see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.