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Maker(s):Bauermeister, Mary
Culture:American (born Germany 1934 - )
Title:Eighteen Rows
Date Made:1962-1968
Type:Sculpture
Materials:pebbles and epoxy on linen covered board
Place Made:Italy; Sicily and United States
Measurements:overall: 17 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.; 44.7675 x 45.085 x 7.3025 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1972:42-1
Credit Line:Gift of Dorothy C. Miller (Mrs. Holger Cahill), class of 1925
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Description:
gradually increasing layered rows of pebbles of graduated sizes glued to 3/4 in. linen covered board; abstract

Label Text:
A member of an avante-garde circle of artists and intellectuals in post-war Germany, Bauermeister came to the United States in 1962 and spent a decade working in New York. With her husband Karlheinz Stockhausen, a composer of electronic music, she became associated with musician and composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, video artist Nam June Paik and others who were experimenting with seriality and chance in their work.

"Eighteen Rose", a "painting" of pebbles in graduated sizes, reflects the influence of musical and mathematical theories Bauermeister applied to the visual arts by assigning a "scale" of five degrees to light, intensity, volume, time and material. The pebbles in "Eighteen Rows" were collected in Sicily, and this piece was not completed until 1968, when the artist returned to Sicily to gather more material.

"I am not beautifying or celebrating matter even if I work with stones. Of course I let them express themselves as material, but it is always a principle of order which they follow, a principle of geometry or cosmic order along which, for example, the growth of plants or minerals happens. These are through-forms in matter." Mary Bauermeister

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