Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thinking about burial and earthworks

Image of Claes Oldenburg's performance and info from the Museet for Samtidskunst website:

Oldenburg realized his first outdoor public monument in 1967; Placid Civic Monument took the form of a Conceptual performance/action behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, with a crew of gravediggers digging a six-by-three-foot rectangular hole in the ground.

And info on Sol LeWitt:

The Independent
14 April 2007
Charles Darwent

... in 1968, he had buried a steel equivalent of the work in the garden of a Dutch collector. Called Buried Cube Containing an Object of Importance but Little Value, this was widely seen as the artist's deadpan farewell to minimalism, a movement whose reliance on materials had become too baroque for LeWitt's purist tastes. In the same year, he made the first of his famous wall drawings directly onto the wall of a New York gallery. Instructed to paint over the work at the end of the show, the gallery's horror-struck owner refused. She insisted that LeWitt paint it over himself, which he did without demur.

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