Unconventional Shields

Andrew Russeth reviews the all too short show of Alan Shields at Paula Cooper for the Gallerist

Using materials like canvas, cotton, dye, string and colored beads, which could yield hippie kitsch in less-able hands, Shields made paintings and sculptures beginning in the 1960s that charted one of the richer, more idiosyncratic pathways through and beyond Post-Minimalism. (You could group him with the much-maligned Pattern and Decoration movement, and people did, though his penchant for invention easily outmaneuvers any category.)


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