Music of the New York Minimalist School
An evening of art and music
7.30pm Thursday 22 August
National Gallery Of Australia
$15 Members/Concessions; $20 Others
pre-purchased tickets +61 2 6240 6504
As part of the public program of events for the exhibition Sol LeWitt: Drawings, Prints and Books 1968-1988, the National Gallery of Australia presents Music of the New York Minimalist School. Two works by minimalist composer Steve Reich will be performed in an exhibition of works by minimalist visual artist Sol LeWitt.
In the 1960s Reich and LeWitt were based in New York and were part of an artistic movement known as Minimalism. Even though their art forms were different, they found a strong relationship between their geometric compositions and workmanlike techniques and repetition.
Sol LeWitt, a leading figure in contemporary American art reacted against the spontaneous, gestural painting style of the Abstract Expressionists with an art that focussed more on process, ideas and geometry. The concept from which art begins was at the core of his work.
Steve Reich is one of America's most prominent composers. His music is characterised by a strong, unrelenting pulse and short, repeating melodic patterns. He is often linked with other minimalist composers such as Phillip Glass and John Adams.
Sol LeWitt: Drawings, Prints and Books 1968-1988 focuses on the artist's works on paper. Comprising four drawings and 22 artist's books, the exhibition features a large collection of prints including a spectacular ten-metre wall series of 75 prints. Although the Gallery has been acquiring the artist's work since the late 1970s, this is the first time such a large selection has been displayed.
Nagoya Marimbas (2 marimba players)
N.T. Counterpoint (10 piece clarinet ensemble plus soloist)
The concert will be performed by musicians from the School of Music, National Institute of the Arts, ANU. Composer and writer Jim Cotter will speak briefly about minimalism as music genre and the relationship between pieces and the art of Sol LeWitt.
For further information:
David Sequeira Public Programs +61 2 6240 6521