Tag Archives: Marisa Merz

Forms of Realism

The best part of Facebook, in fact the only good part, is some of the people one can meet. Recently I connected with a young writer called Joobin Bekhrad, of Iranian extraction but living in Toronto, who loves to post … Continue reading

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Cézanne’s Watercolors

I have always found Cézanne’s watercolors a puzzle, which is why I don’t tire of them. But just today I think I’ve found a way to see them and to make them useful. Some of them are complete images in … Continue reading

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Marisa Merz Part 3

After the eruption of light into Gordon Matta-Clark’s “de-architecture,” and the surprising continuity of his work with cubism, I want to revisit Marisa Merz’s Scarpette and revise my claim in an earlier post that because they are woven they carry … Continue reading

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Marisa Merz Part 2

Merz’s Scarpette are loosely woven out of nylon. A weaving is a grid, and in an art context the allusion to the conventional pictorial support is unavoidable. That they are slippers is charming, comical and a little shivery. In the … Continue reading

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Marisa Merz

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 … Continue reading

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What’s old?

But also important is to identify older gestures that still speak today, unfinished initiatives and untapped resources, overlooked beginnings. Future posts will talk about some important artists of the last half century.

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