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picture of Shooting Painting American Embassy artwork
Niki de Saint Phalle (French, 1930–2002) Shooting Painting American Embassy 1961 Paint, plaster, wood, plastic bags, shoe, twine, metal seat, axe, metal can, toy gun, wire mesh, shot pellets, and other objects on wood 8′ 3/8″ x 25 7/8″ x 8 5/8″ (244.8 x 65.7 x 21.9 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, NY Gift of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation

picture of Iron and sack cloth
Katsuhiro Yamaguchi (Japanese, born 1928) Voice 1962 Iron and sack cloth 47 1/4 x 43 11/16 x 20 1/16″ (120 x 111 x 51 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, NY Gift of Ronald O. Perelman
picture of Gemini:The Zodiac Behind Glass Series
George Herms (American, born 1935) 1965 Wood, hubcap, glass, mirror, steel wire, steel, brass, and other materials 25 x 24 x 8″ (63.5 x 61 x 20.3 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, NY Gift of Adam Kimmel

"Take an Object"

The Museum of Modern Art

Special Exhibitions Gallery, second floor

August 22, 2015 – February 28, 2016

In 1964, Jasper Johns wrote himself a note in his sketchbook: “Take an object / Do something to it / Do something else to it. [Repeat.]” Since then, art historians, artists, and critics have invoked this set of instructions on countless occasions to describe the revolutionary approaches to art making that developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

This exhibition presents a selection of works from the Museum’s collection that all “take an object.” Ranging in date from the mid-1950s to the 1970s, they reflect an interest shared by a generation of artists working around the world in deploying everyday objects and other non-fine art materials to make their work, from Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Niki de Saint Phalle, Betye Saar, and Katsuhiro Yamaguchi.

Lightbulbs, newspapers, chairs, and even taxidermied animals became new source materials to be painted on, covered over, affixed to, or surprisingly juxtaposed. Looking beyond traditional mediums such as oil paint and bronze, and beyond traditional formats such as easel paintings and cast sculptures, these artists posed a new set of conditions for art, whereby any and all parts of everyday life were fair game.

Organized by Cara Manes, Department of Painting and Sculpture.

Source taken from www.moma.org

picture of Welded and painted metal automobile parts
JOHN CHAMBERLAIN (American, 1927–2011) Tomahawk Nolan 1965 Welded and painted metal automobile parts
picture of Sewn stuffed fabric, paint, and chair fringe
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, born 1929) Accumulation No. 1 1962 Sewn stuffed fabric, paint, and chair fringe 37 x 39 x 43″ (94 x 99.1 x 109.2 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, NY Purchase
picture of Wood beam with iron-rimmed wheels
ROBERT INDIANA (American, born 1928) Moon 1960 Wood beam with iron-rimmed wheels, white paint, and concrete 6′ 6″ x 17 1/8″ x 10 1/4″ (198.1 x 43.5 x 26 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund