[ Art Kontemporan – Instalacion në kuadër të “Duke Liruar Vijen”, 2006 / Kurator Catherine de Zegher – New York ]
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Freeing the Line considered the departure of the line from the paper surface and its venture into space, and will juxtapose “drawings without paper” (as Gego titled them), made with wire and thread by artists in the late sixties and early seventies, with contemporary drawings.
Through the course of the twentieth century, the liberation of line occurred hand in hand with the breakaway from the containment of sculpture in space, and the reinvention of that (social) space. As the drawn line was freed from representation and brought to its essence, artists such as Gego (Venezuela), Eva Hesse (Germany/US), Karel Malich (Czech Republic), and Richard Tuttle (US) released it into space, effectively liberating the line of thought itself. Characterized as also pursuing the dematerialization of the art object, this generation can be seen, perhaps paradoxically, to have generated simultaneously the materialization of the line. In the cord and wire pieces of these artists from the seventies, presented in the North Gallery, we witness a renewed commitment to materiality and tactile sensibility with drawing as a “moving” trace in time and space. – [ Catherine de Zegher ]
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