Ward’s repurposed objects report on loss, while his meticulous repetitive processes, applied to materials that seem valueless, offer a kind of recuperation. Broiler pans panel the wall in Iron Heavens (1995), their white-speckled enamel surfaces suggesting constellations, while myriad charred baseball bats, each dotted with patches of cotton, are propped at the base. The bats merge the national pastime with the violence of beatings and burnings, the cotton evoking the Read more
A current museum survey of Land art challenges the established definition of the 1960s and '70s movement. In March of 1962, Jean Tinguely arrived in Las Vegas to construct a massive auto-destructive sculpture. Study for an End of the World, No. 2, would perform its ritual suicide in the Nevada desert against a backdrop of dusty brown mountains and before a bank of national news cameras. Read more
Still reluctant to call himself an artist, Dan Graham ran a gallery and wrote criticism before he made his first, now legendary, Conceptual works; widely popular mirror-glass pavilions followed. A traveling exhibition surveys his career. Read more
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