Leo Amino: Work with Material
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
September 30, 2022 – January 7, 2023
Leo Amino at the opening for his 1971 exhibition Leo Amino: “Refractional” Plastic Sculpture 1945-1970, Sculpture Center, New York.
Courtesy The Estate of Leo Amino and David Zwirner Gallery.
During a period in which the dominant strain of the American avant-garde sought out the immediacy of authentic gesture and automatic revelation, Amino chose to pursue an investigation into radical mediation, seeking to capture the intimacy between the act of seeing and the thing seen. Often embracing a minor or miniature scale, high degree of finish, refinement of form, and sensuous address disavowed by the heroic existentialism prevalent among Abstract Expressionists, Amino’s embrace of light and color as primary elements of sculptural construction anticipated the concerns of the next generation’s Minimalist and Light and Space movements, whose artists would take up his medium of choice two decades later. Across a breadth of media and compositional approaches often remarked during the artist’s lifetime for its inventiveness and versatility, Amino’s oeuvre brings into focus the dynamics of perception, articulating space, light, and color through an optics of encounter, interpenetration, and absorption.
Curated by Genji Amino, Director of The Estate of Leo Amino
October 7 – 9, 2022
ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference is a forum for scholars and artists to contribute original work on topics related to Black Mountain College and its place in cultural history. The 13th Annual ReVIEWING Black Mountain College conference will have the thematic focus “Leo Amino / The Visible and the Invisible: Submerged Histories of Abstraction,” with keynote speaker Marci Kwon, Ph.D. Kwon’s research and teaching interests include the intersection of fine art and vernacular practice, theories of modernism, cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas, critical race theory, and “folk” and “self-taught” art.