Andrew Spence (artist)
Andrew Spence (born 1947) is an American artiste known for abstract paintings that include a minimalist vocabulary later than playful references to the observed world. In the 1970s and 1980s, he gained answer as one of a number of younger artists who were re-examining geometric modernism through a contemporary lens that invited humor and hint to unsigned objects and moving picture experience into the tradition. Spence's method of distilling visual phenomena into simple, emblematic images has been compared to Ellsworth Kelly, but his doing has differed in its more even checking account between confiscation and recognition (often aided by the characterize titles), intuitive approach, and varied, expressive paint surfaces. Art in America critic Ken Johnson wrote that his work maintains "an ironic demonstration between lofty purism of modernist geometry and earth-bound ordinariness of the vernacular sources." In unconventional paintings, Spence has increasingly obscured the native inspirations of his abstractions, in both form and titling. His be active belongs to the surviving collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. He has conventional a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and National Endowment for the Arts.