This catalogue accompanies the 1966 exhibition Systemic Painting,
organized by the influential art critic Lawrence Alloway.
In his introductory essay Alloway identifies a field of increasingly popular geometric abstract paintings, artworks containing a simple, methodical, organization exploring repetition and pattern. The first to coin the phrase “Systemic Painting,” Alloway discusses the flexibility of the term,
which can encompass anything from Frank Stella’s shaped canvases,
Kenneth Noland’s Color Field paintings, or the Hard-edge style defined by
art historian Jules Langsner, to the simple, but detailed, repetition found
within early Minimalist works by artists such as Jo Baer and Agnes Martin.
In addition, the catalogue includes artist statements for each of the
exhibiting artists, as well as a plate section illustrating selected works.
Introduction by Alloway, statements by artists Jo Baer, Dean Fleming, Will Insley, Tadaaki Kuwayama, David Lee, Robert Mangold, Edwin Ruda, and Larry Zox, with a bibliography at the end.
Featured artists include Agnes Martin, Leon Polk Smith, Ellsworth Kelly, Paul Feeley, Robert Barry, Larry Poons, Robert Ryman, Kenneth Noland, etc.