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August 18, 2017 to February 25, 2018


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
at 82nd Street
New York  New York  10028
United States
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Range: Experiments in New York, 1961–2007

This installation borrows its title from a series of drawings by Donald Moffett (born San Antonio, 1955) rendered in fudge on paper pierced with a bullet shot by his friend, Robert Beck (born Towson, Maryland, 1959). As a young artist who arrived in New York in the late 1970s, Moffett was inspired by more-established colleagues, including Alice Aycock, Lynda Benglis, and Elizabeth Murray, whose post-Minimalist work resonated with what he calls his "fractured formalist impulses." Taking this intergenerational artistic milieu as its point of departure, this exhibition brings together works by artists whose output subverts a rigorous formalism through references to subjectivity, narrative, and process.

Image Credit: Donald Moffett (American, b. 1955) and Robert Beck (American, b. 1959). Range (detail), 1997. Graphite, gunpowder, and fudge on paper, 12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Cowles Charitable Trust Gift and Van Day Truex Fund, 2013 (2013.585.16). © 1997 Robert Beck and Donald Moffett