Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to present Expanding Space: Ronald Bladen, Al Held, Yvonne
Rainer, and George Sugarman, November 2nd through December 21st, 2017. This exhibition
examines four closely-knit friends and artists who shared a complex personal, intellectual, and
artistic history. Convening in New York in the late 1950s, their passionate debates and giveand-
take of ideas lent intensity and rigor to their creative endeavors. Carving out new artistic
ground, they adopted a mode of minimal art making that was reductive, powerful, and playful.
In 1965, Irving Sandler grouped these visual artists together in his exhibition Concrete
Expressionism because they were close in “attitude” to each other. This attitude extended to
Rainer’s choreography, which rejected the emotion of Martha Graham’s dance just as the visual
artists were disenchanted with the drama of Abstract Expressionism. As Robert Mattison states
in his essay, “all four opted instead for clear compositions that occupy their own space.”
A fully illustrated catalogue with essay by Robert S. Mattison will be available.
For additional information, please contact Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle at 212.695.0164 or