Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure

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2 min readOct 8, 2021

A review

Etel Adnan, Untitled, 1983. Oil on canvas, 29 × 29 in. (73.7 × 73.7 cm). Private collection. © Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure, on view at the Guggenheim Museum, presents four dozen abstract paintings that explore the changing body of form as it is seen through the figure-ground dynamic and experienced through changing perspectives. Adnan’s compositions are mostly small-scale, posing not only an irony but also a curatorial challenge to evenly fill the museum’s expansive walls.