This upcoming exhibition to open Sept. 18 at Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art explores artists who incorporate chance as a decisive factor in the creation of an artwork. The work spans from the early 20th century and follows through to the 1970s.
The exhibition includes over 60 works by Jean (Hans) Arp, George Brecht, John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Ellsworth Kelly, Alison Knowles, François Morellet, Robert Morris, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Dieter Roth, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Yves Tanguy, among many others.
"Chance Aesthetics explores these concepts in three thematic sections: "Collage, Assemblage, and the Found Object," "Automatism," and "Games and Systems of Random Ordering." Each section addresses central avant-garde strategies employed to subvert or rework traditional forms of artistic expression. These categories also provide a basic framework through which individual movements--Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, and others--are traversed in order to compare and contrast chance-based strategies and objectives across diverse historical and cultural contexts. " - Excerpt from Press Release
Chance Aesthetics will be open from Sept. 18, 2009 - Jan. 4, 2010