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Radical Painting

(taken from: Catalogue "Radical Painting"
Williams College Museum of Art/Williamstown, Massachusetts 1984)


Chronology of the Group

The following chronology documents the organization and subsequent activity of the group of artists represented in this exhibition. Culled from assorted recordings, notes, publications, and memories, its purpose is to demonstrate the degree of mutual interaction and influence among the artists. Drawn together by their commitment to a particular aesthetic, these artists have generated a dialogue - public and private, verbal and visual - which has evolved over the past eight years. Prior to and during this time different members of the group exhibited independently. This exhibition, the visual manifestation of their collective dialogue, marks the first time that all eleven artists have displayed their work together. This chronology is by no means an ,,official" record; discussions have been forgotten and studio visits undocumented. lt should, however, provide a source for further information.

September 1976
Exhibition and catalogue: ,,Colours in Painting:
A European Situation"
lstituto Italo - Latino Americano, Rome, Italy.

December 1977

Exhibition and catalogue: ,,Bilder Ohne Bilder"
Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, West Germany.

June 1978
Exhibition and catalogue:
,,Fractures du Monochrome"
Musée D'Art Moderne, Paris, France.

September 1978

Publication: ,,Beginning Again," by Marcia Hafif in Artforum.

Olivier Mosset contacts Marcia Hafif after reading her article in Artforum to suggest the formation of a discussion group.

October 1978
Meeting: Olivier Mosset's studio
Present: Hafif, Rosenthal, Sanderson, Zeniuk.

Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Present: Marioni, Mosset, Rosenthal, Sanderson, Sims, Zeniuk.

November1978

Meeting: Phil Sims' studio
Present: Hafif, Marioni, Mosset, Dennis O'Leary, Zeniuk.

Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Present: Marioni, Rosenthal, Sanderson, Sims, Zeniuk.

December 1978

Meeting: Steven Rosenthal's studio
Present: Hafif, Mosset, Sims, Zeniuk.

Meeting: Olivier Mosset's studio
Present: Hafif, Marioni, Rosenthal, Sims, Zeniuk.

January 1979
Raimund Girke, painter from West Germany, is introduced to the group by Jerry Zeniuk.
During early l979 and again in 1980, he attends two meetingsand visits studios in New York.

January 31, 1979
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Discussion: General concepts of work and the use of
color.
Present: Girke, Marioni, Mosset, Sanderson, Sims,
Zeniuk.

February9, 1979
Meeting: Phil Sims' studio
Discussion: Appropriate labels for the work and the
editing of the manuscript of the previous meeting.
Present: Girke, Hafif, Marioni, Mosset, Sanderson,
Zeniuk.

February 11, 1979
Exhibition: ,,Fundamental Color," Galerie Nordenhake, Malmö, Sweden
Participants: Knutsson, Marioni, Sims.

March 14, 1979
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Present: Morales, Ryman, Sanderson, Tanger, Thursz,
Wagner, Zeniuk.

March-April, 1979
Publication: ,,Could Leonardo Da Vinci Make lt In New
York Today," discussion between Olivier Mosset and
Gregoire Müller in Flash Art (March - April).

May 30,1979
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Discussion: Purpose of meetings and terminology of
working concepts
Present: Knutsson, Marioni, Mosset, Tanger, Ihursz,
Wagner, Zeniuk.

June 2,1979
Paper delivered at ,,Jungian Perspectives on Creativity
and the Unconscious,": ,,Painting as an Actualized
Object" by Joseph Marioni, Miami University Art
Museum, Oxford, OH.

June 5, 1979
Meeting: Doug Sanderson's studio
Discussion: Plan for presentation of one painting in
private exhibition space.

June 1979
Exhibition (private)and meeting: Julian PrettoSpace,
Franklin Street, New York, NY
One small painting by each artist was presented and
discussed.
Present: Hafif, Henry, Knutsson, Mosset, Sanderson,
Saxon, Sims, Tanger, Wagner, Zeniuk.

October 1979
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Discussion: Specific aims for further discussions and
organization of specific areas of interest.

Publication: ,,Monochrome in New York," (edited transcript of January meeting) Flash Art (OctoberNovember).

Carmengloria Morales, painter from Milan, introduced to the group by Marcia Hafif, visits and paints in New York for a few months each year. She attends meetings and visits studios.

March 11,1980
Exhibition and catalogue: ,,Color Painting"
Cerf Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Participants: Gimblett, Hafif, Lawson, Marioni, Sims.

March 12, 1980
Symposium: San Francisco Art Institute,
San Francisco, CA
Participants: Gimblett, Hafif, Lawson, Marioni, Sims
Moderator: Richard Armstrong.

March 24, 1980
Meeting: Susanna Tanger's studio
Discussion: Slides of work were shown and detailed
descriptions of working processes were outlined.

April 21,1980
Meeting: Merrill Wagner's studio
Discussion: Subject matter in the painting
Present: Hafif, Marioni, McCollum, Morales, Smith,
Tanger.

May 14, 1980
Meeting: Joseph Marioni's studio
Discussion: Materials and the painting as an object;
definition and use of shape and edge
Present: Knutsson, Mosset, Sims, Smith, Tanger,
Wagner.

June 1980
Meeting: Howard Smith's studio
Discussion: Picasso exhibition
Present: Carlson, Hafif, McCollum, Mosset, Smith,
Tanger.

November 1980
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Present: Mosset, Smith, Zeniuk.
Publication: ,,Excerpts from a conversation about
painting, edited by Judith Aminoff, in Cover
Magazine #4 (Winter 80-81)
Participants: Hafif, Mosset, Smith, Zeniuk.

January 14, 1981
Radio Broadcast, WNYC: ,,Artist in the City"
Participants: Hafif, Smith, Zeniuk
Moderator: Jenny Dixon.

January 19, 1981
Exhibition and symposium with catalogue: ,,Painting
About Painting" Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson
Co lege, Wayne, NJ
Participants: Hafif, Kleiman, Mosset, Sanderson,
Smith, Tanger, Uglow, Wagner, Zeniuk.

April 1981
,,Getting on with Painting," by Marcia Hafif in Art in America.
,,Two or Three Things 1 Know About Her," by Olivier Mosset in Cover Magazine (Spring).

November 17, 1981
Exhibition: ,,Painting - 7 New York Painters," -Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Participants: Hafif, Marioni, Mosset, Ryman, Smith,
Thursz.

November 19, 1981
Lecture: Robert Ryman discussed three kinds of contemporary painting. Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY.

November 24, 1981
Symposium: Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Participants: Hafif, Marioni, Mosset, Sims, Smith,
Thursz.
Moderator: Mary Delahoyd.

December 1981
Publication: ,,Letters: Moreon Monochrome -
definitions, amplifications, repercussions and more . . ."
by Brennan, Hughes, Kerns, Knutsson, Marioni, Mosset, Rosenthal, Sanderson, Sims, Smith, Tanger, Thursz, Zatti, Zeniuk
in Art in America.

Günter Umberg, painter from Köln, West Germany,
introduced to the group by Joseph Marioni, visits New
York in 1982 and 1983. Makes studio visits to Hafif,
Marden, Marioni, Mosset, Ryman, Sims, Thursz.
Attends meeting September 14, 1983.
Presents installation of two paintings.

January - February 1982
Exhibition and catalogue: ,,Color; Four Painters,"
Oscarsson Hood Gallery, New York, NY and
Galerie Nordenhake, Malmö, Sweden
Participants: Gimblett, Marioni, Sims, Witlis.

October 29, 1982
Exhibition: ,,Unpunctuated,"
Grommet Gallery, New York, NY.

January 22, 1983
Exhibition: ,,Paint as Image," Max Hutchinson
Gallery, New York, NY
Participants: Berthot, Dorfman, Hafif, Jones, Kleiman,
Klein, Marden, Marioni, Monroe, Muehlemann,
Passlof, Resnick, Ryman, Sims, Thursz.

February 10, 1983
Exhibition: ,,New Abstraction,"Sidney JanisGallery,
New York, NY
Participants: Hafif, Marioni, Mosset, Ryman, Sims,
Smith, Thursz, Zeniuk.

April 12,1983
Exhibition: ,,Color Painting - 3 New York Painters,"
Druckwerk - Galerie für Neue Kunst,
Munich, West Germany
Participants: Marioni, Sims, Zeniuk.

June 2, 1983
Meeting: Marcia Hafif's studio
Discussion: Williams College exhibition
Present: Marioni, Mosset, Sims, Smith, Thursz.

June 17,1983
Exhibition: ,,Bilder Von 7 Painters," Klausstrasse 11,
Hamburg, West Germany
Participants: Kaminsky, Marioni, Rose, Schroder, Sims,
Umberg, Zeniuk.

June 22,1983
Meeting: Joseph Marioni's studio
Discussion: Structure of Williams College exhibition
and suitable writer for the catalogue
Present: Hafif, Mosset, Sims, Smith, Thursz.

September 14, 1983
Meeting: Joseph Marioni's studio
Discussion: Installation plan forWilliams College
exhibition. Viewed work of Günter Umberg.
Present: Sims, Smith, Thursz, Knutsson, Umberg.

October 20, 1983
Meeting: Joseph Marioni's studio
Discussion: Structure of Williams College exhibition
Present: Mosset, Sims, Thursz, Zeniuk.

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