A glance at Arp’s reliefs places him as one of Stella’s predecessors. In fact, Stella has

Hans Arp. Hammer-Flower 1916

acknowledged him. The work has a charming minor quality but is still thought provoking.

Hans Arp, Transformation of a Head with Green Nose 1964

In this piece, for example, it looks as if the parts are rearranged after being separated by the saw—unity comes from the origin in a larger whole. I have already mentioned his papier dechiré, which anticipate my own Islands. I don’t believe that they were as random as he claimed.

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