Whitney Museum


08 Feb - 29 Apr 2007

Petah Coyne, Untitled,1996
Wax and mixed media,Dimensions variable, approx. 96 x 46 x 53 in. (243.84 x 116.84 x 134.62 cm) Gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Ronald and Linda Daitz 99.98
February 8, 2007-April 29, 2007

On the second floor, with a selection of works from the Whitney's collection, Uncontained ponders the complete overhaul of notions of space in American art during the second half of the 20th century, particularly the transformation that occurred in the definition of sculpture. In sculpture, the statue expanded from a self-contained object into a work of art with variable boundaries. Alexander Calder, for example, used motion and forms abstracted from nature, while Naum Gabo penetrated the solidity of the object through openness and transparency. As the possibilities of materials and processes used in art expanded, sculpture developed unprecedented spatial complexities.

Tags: Alexander Calder, Naum Gabo