Marisa Merz

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Marisa Merz, Living Sculpture, 1966

These works are made of thin curved sheets of aluminum nested inside each other. Sculptural spaces and sculptural masses built up of wafers. When I saw them at the Tate Modern Arte Povera show a few years back I immediately thought of cubism; not the Guitar, but the paintings. Thin planes sliding over each other, with very small spaces between. Layering might be an eminently sculptural process, I’m not sure, but it’s an unusual one, and something about it makes me think of painting. It might be because much of the piece is hidden by its own method.

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