the temporary contemporary


The first large-scale assessment of the work of ten American sculptors created during a critical period in the development of contemporary American sculpture, The New Sculpture 1965-75: Between Geometry and Gesture was organized by whitneymuseum and held at The Temporary Contemporary at MOCA in 1991. 

The work of Long Beach-born artist Barry Le Va figured prominently in the exhibition. As Whitney Museum curator Richard Marshall wrote, Le Va was part of a group of artists, all born around 1940, who formulated a generational aesthetic which expanded the theoretical and material conventions of minimalism.

Le Va himself deemphasized the materiality of his activities, which including large felt “scatter” pieces and seemingly random architectural structures. As he explained, his work was “not so much indications of a specific process, as of marking of stages in time.”

Continuous and Related Activities: Discontinued by the Act of Dropping
1967 (reconstructed 1990)
Felt and plate glass (variable)
[Opposite Flocked Wall (1969) by Keith Sonnier]

On Center Shatter—Or—Shatterscatter (Within The Series of Layered Pattern Acts)
1961 (reconstructed 1990)
Five sheets, 59 x 79 each

Circular Network: A. Areas; B. Activities
1971-73 (reconstructed 1990)
Wood and cast concrete
312 x 360 (variable)

Stay tuned for a filmed installation of Le Va's Shatterscatter at MOCA Grand Ave.