Mary Bauermeister’s first studio in Cologne, Germany, hosted her collaborations with avant-garde artists including American composer John Cage and Korean-American artist Nam June Paik. In 1962, Bauermeister moved to New York, drawn to its nascent assemblage and found object–based movements. Her “thought boxes,” like Writing, combine aspects of play and chance that relate to the Fluxus movement and subvert traditional viewer/artwork relationships. Using optical lenses, Bauermeister destabilizes the eye’s singular gaze. A flow and complexity of images, writing, and conceptual relationships emerge from her hand-drawn and handwritten ink formations. Puns and wordplay abound, alluding to her exploration of the English language.
Mixed media: acrylic, ink, plaster, glass on fiberboard
33 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 6 in. (85.1 x 85.7 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Verso: "112 / Writing / M. Bauermeiser / 1966 / Clean glass with acetone and cotton / never water or soap"
Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Mary Bauermeister (American, born Germany, 1934-2023). Writing, 1966, 1966. Mixed media: acrylic, ink, plaster, glass on fiberboard, 33 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 6 in. (85.1 x 85.7 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 67.273. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.273_PS9.jpg)
overall, 67.273_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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