The Grid

April 28th, 2005 · No Comments · Artists, Writing

“Perhaps it is because of this sense of beginning, a fresh start, a ground zero, that artist after artist has taken up the grid as the medium within which to work, always taking it up as though he were just discovering it, as though the origin he had found by peeling back layer after layer of representation to come at last to this schematized reduction, this graph-paper ground, were his origin, and his finding it an act of originality. Waves of abstract artists “discover” the grid; part of its structure one could say is that in its revelatory character it is always a new, a unique discovery.”

-Rosalind Krauss
from “The Originality of the Avant-Garde,” 1981

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