Merrill Wagner

American, b. 1935

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Merrill Wagner

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American, b. 1935

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Combining the material experiments of minimalism with the gestural qualities of abstract expressionism, Merill Wagner unites natural landscape painting with unorthodox materials. Wagner arrived in New York in the early 1960s, and moved away from conventional painting after Eva Hesse encouraged her to explore new materials. By the 1980s, Wagner had started painting directly on scraps of steel, evoking natural forms in her minimal compositions and shaped forms. In her rectangular works, Wagner abstracts landscape into horizontal bands of color, whereas she reduces natural forms, such as trees and flowers, into sharp geometric forms in her shaped pieces. This geometry is characteristic of modernist innovations by artists like Alexander Calder.

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Combining the material experiments of minimalism with the gestural qualities of abstract expressionism, Merill Wagner unites natural landscape painting with unorthodox materials. Wagner arrived in New York in the early 1960s, and moved away from conventional painting after Eva Hesse encouraged her to explore new materials. By the 1980s, Wagner had started painting directly on scraps of steel, evoking natural forms in her minimal compositions and shaped forms. In her rectangular works, Wagner abstracts landscape into horizontal bands of color, whereas she reduces natural forms, such as trees and flowers, into sharp geometric forms in her shaped pieces. This geometry is characteristic of modernist innovations by artists like Alexander Calder.

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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Florence Biennale
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