Body Objects

Body Objects, page spread
Adoption Amount: $250
Category: Build and Access the Collection
Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

Body objects : [November 6-December 11, 1971]

New York: Pace Editions, 1971.

Whether through direct influences or broader affinities, African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American objects undoubtedly informed the practice of Western artists throughout the 20th century. This catalog, from the inaugural show at New York’s Pace Primitive Gallery, juxtaposes body objects from African, Pre-Columbian, and Indigenous American cultures with jewelry by Alexander Calder, Ernest Trova, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso. Seeing these objects side-by-side highlights aesthetic similarities and demonstrates that the “compulsion for self-embellishment by object ornamentation persists to our time.”

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