Over Under Next

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967

Hirshhorn (58)

Jean Dubuffet, Butterflly-Wing figure, 1953

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (54)

Jean Dubuffet, The soul of Morvan, 1954

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (52)

Isamu Noguchi, Lunar Landscape, 1943-44

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (49)

Alexander Calder, Fish, 1944

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (45)

Jean Arp, Six white forms and one gray make a constellation on a blue ground, 1953

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (40)

Mark di Suervo, The A Train, 1963-64

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (37)

Lucas Samaras, Book No. 6 (Treasures of the Metropolitan), 1962

 

 

 

Hirshhorn (36)

Yayoi Kusama, Flower Overcoat, 1964

 

 

 

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Ann Hamilton, palimpsest, 1989

 

 

 

OVER, UNDER, NEXT: EXPERIMENTS IN MIXED MEDIA, 1913–PRESENT

Butterfly wings, glass shards, doll parts, crumpled automotive metal, jigsaw puzzle pieces, clothing, straight pins, furniture, and colored sand–these are just some of the materials in Over, Under, Next, an exhibition of approximately 100 examples of collage and assemblage, primarily drawn from the Hirshhorn’s collection. Over, Under, Next explores the ways that collage and assemblage have evolved over the last century, from Joseph Stella’s (American, 1877–1946) tiny photomechanical reproduction and cut paper composition to Ann Hamilton’s (American, b. 1956) palimpsest, 1989, a room-sized installation featuring thousands of fluttering pieces of newsprint, beeswax tablets, and snails, among other things.   Together, these works demonstrate how almost in every major art movement of the last century, from Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism Pop Art, Post-Modernism, and beyond, artists have made use of unorthodox and unexpected materials to challenge conventional definitions of art.

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