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Terry Adkins, Donald Judd, and Diamond Stingily at ICA Miami

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will exhibit three major solo exhibitions opening April 2018 at its new building designed by Spanish architectural firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos in Miami Design District. Spanning work from the 1950s to present day, these focused monographic exhibitions feature the work of pioneering artists Terry Adkins, Donald Judd and Diamond Stingily, each of whom represents distinct contributions to the evolution of contemporary art.

One of the great conceptual artists of the 20th century, Terry Adkins (1953-2014) was renowned for his pioneering work across mediums - including sculpture, performance video, and photography - which were often inspired by or refer to significant black cultural figures who have been under-represented throughout history.

ICA Miami’s major thematic survey highlights Adkins’s crucial contributions to the medium of sculpture and cultural protest, featuring major installations that have not been viewed in decades. The exhibition brings together several major installations in their entirety, dedicated to Zora Neale Hurston, Jimi Hendrix and John Brown, among other figures.

Exterior of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Exterior of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Opening concurrently on the second floor, “Donald Judd: Paintings” will be the first museum presentation devoted to feature 13 rarely-seen paintings that were created over the course of three crucial transitional years. Though Judd is commonly associated with large-scale sculptures and installations, during his early years, he experimented in painting with surface, form, space and color, as well as unique curved forms and patterns. These early paintings, which have not been exhibited together previously, reveal his transition from abstraction to flat fields of color and lines, which eventually manifested into the three-dimensional works that have come to define his practice.

For her part, Diamond Stingily will create a large scale sculptural installation based on the theme of the labyrinth at Project Space section. This will be the first solo museum presentation of the work of this emerging New York-based artist. Working across disciplines, but with a concentration in sculpture and video, Stingily uses ready-made materials, such as wood doors, chains, and synthetic hair to create works that reflect on systemic racial injustice in the United States and her personal memories. For her installation at ICA Miami, Stingily will create a new installation through which she will explore her personal and shared memory of black girlhood and racial violence.

“Our spring exhibitions embody ICA Miami’s commitment to bringing a range of artistic voices and ideas to the fore, and to expanding scholarship on understudied and emerging bodies of work,” said Ellen Salpeter, Director of ICA Miami. “Judd and Adkins have each left an indelible impact on contemporary art that we are still coming to understand and appreciate. Stingily represents a current generation of young artists whose work builds on their contributions. In visiting the museum this spring, audiences will have the opportunity to experience a spectrum of voices influencing contemporary artistic discourse, not just through artists working today, but through their 20th century predecessors.” www.icamiami.org.

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