(b. 1931)

FLETCHER

BENTON

"In examining Benton's oeuvre of the last thirty years, one might almost characterize his work as an homage to the square ... Like Albers, who created monochromatic compositions of squares within squares, Benton varies the structural appearance of the square. But in contrast to Albers, who laid the foundations for minimal art ... [Benton's] formal vocabulary is not to be characterized as minimalist but rather as constructivist. His compositions do not seek a meditative peace, like the paintings of Albers, but rather strive for a structural balance in movement. Benton's sculptural forms, abstractions, citations, and kinetic rhythms borrow from real life. Marked by cosmic but not transcendent tendencies, by physics but not metaphysics, by ideas but not theoretical ideology, his works seek nature and humans as partners in dialogue."

                                                         - Gerhard Kolberg

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