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Zayamaca #4

Artist
Al Loving, American, 1935–2005
Date
1993
Material
Collage of cut painted paper mounted on Plexiglas
Made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Mixed media
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
irregular: 50 1/2 × 20 1/2 × 1/4 in. (128.3 × 52.1 × 0.6 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
Courtesy the Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York © Al Loving
Object Number
172:2017
NOTES
Layered spirals—a signature motif for Al Loving—create a dynamic vertical composition, which seems to sprout new forms as it ascends the wall. Since his early career, the artist created sprawling configurations of repeated shapes large enough to take over walls. Loving, along with contemporaries such as Sam Gilliam, was interested in producing art that rejected traditional supports such as wooden stretchers or frames. For this work, he constructed a Plexiglas backing, which gives the collage a free-floating sculptural presence.
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