A look at the recent work of Terry Winters, whose diverse and creative output continues to challenge and surprise the art world
Terry Winters s work of the past decade weaves disparate strains of idea, object, and physical operations into the primary logic of his art. His art contains an astonishing array of forms and demonstrates the equally surprising breadth of his artistic language. This retrospective volume continues where the mid career survey (1992) at the Whitney Museum concluded, presenting the past decade of Winters s innovative work in paintings, prints, drawings, and artists books. Terry Winters presents the ways in which the artist creates sets and subsets of distinctive works that interact with bodies of previous and current work. Also included are images by the artist that have not previously been exhibited or published.
Winters s work is frequently included in conversations and studies relating to the interplay of art and science, and his recent paintings, drawings, and prints reflect his engagement with scientific and computational systems of thought and presentations of information. For Winters, abstract art has become a vehicle not for reproducing and inventing form but for harnessing forces. By utilizing expressive means, data becomes pictorial and spatial. This superbly illustrated volume displays the full range of Winters s newest works and the complex relationships that link them to one another.
This book is the catalogue for an exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (September 18, 2004, to January 2, 2005); the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (January 23 to April 17, 2005); and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (April 20 to July 10, 2005).
Richard Shiff is Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in Art and Director of the Center for the Study of Modernism at the University of Texas and the author of numerous books on modern and contemporary art, including Barnett Newman: A Catalogue Raisonn see p. 10A ; Rachel Teagle is curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Adam Weinberg is director of the Whitney Museum of American Art.