From windowpanes to sewer grates, mapping tools to city plans, grids are omnipresent in our everyday experiences in the industrialized world. Art critics including Rosalind Krauss began writing about the prominence of grids in twentieth-century art in the 1970s. However, their analysis and criticism include only a small and limited pool of artists of White European descent who use primarily the same media. Artists of various backgrounds and working across multiple media have been riffing off the rigid grid structure in exciting ways throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.
Off the Grid amplifies the unique use of grids by diverse artists from across the High’s seven curatorial departments—African, American, European, Decorative Arts and Design, Folk and Self-Taught, Modern and Contemporary, and Photography. The exhibition expands the study of artists using grids beyond canonical Minimalist and abstract artists such as Sol LeWitt to include textile artists such as Gee’s Bend quilter Agatha Bennett, photographers such as Harry Callahan, and many other artists of diverse backgrounds and media-based practices.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.