Time out of Mind
November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012
Berlin

Tony Conrad
Sol LeWitt
Gordon Matta-Clark
Anthony McCall
Dorothea Rockburne
curated by Todd Levin

Sprüth Magers Berlin is delighted to present a group exhibition of work by artists Tony Conrad, Sol LeWitt, Gordon Matta-Clark, Anthony McCall and Dorothea Rockburne, curated by Todd Levin. Presenting work from the 1970’s, the exhibition will examine a new form of drawing that purposely explored the concept of temporality. Through the works on display, the way in which they are presented, and the original ideas they propagate, the exhibition attempts to transpose the visitor to the flare of the New York art scene in the 1970’s.

The title Time Out Of Mind is taken from a song by the American rock band Steely Dan, which featured on their 1980 album Gaucho. The song’s subtext is about the use of heroin. Many users describe the state of mind heroin creates as a complete escape from everyday reality – almost an out of body experience – hence the feeling of spending ‘time out of one’s own mind’. In this exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin, five artists similarly attempt to escape from reality and expand their minds through alternative approaches to art making and in particular, drawing.

The simple idea of drawing has always been a basic artistic practice. However, in the 1970’s, artists began to break away from the two dimensional everyday reality of drawing by confronting the concept of temporality. A collection of artists living and working in New York at the time, engaged in a lively exchange of ideas, turned their attention away from the representational properties of drawing, focusing instead on the technical and performative aspects of the art form.

 

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One of these artists, British-born Anthony McCall (b.1946), is today internationally recognized for groundbreaking work which occupies a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing. The artist first took up filmmaking after moving to New York in 1973. The use of film allowed McCall to record performance works, which, in turn, led to an increasing interest in the medium of film itself, and the idea of making films that existed only in the present tense. McCall will enact the performance Five - Minute Drawing, first realised in 1974, during the opening of the exhibition. The drawing takes place in actual time as the viewer observes the act of creation. Using a string previously blackened with graphite, the spectator watches the artist trace an arc onto sheets of white paper mounted in ascending order on the wall. The work illustrates McCall’s investigations into the representation and incorporation of time and specifically his concern with duration.

Tony Conrad (b.1940) similarly experiments with a variety of mediums, and is recognized as an experimental film maker, composer, musician and sound artist. Conrad’s work seeks to bridge the gap between institutional and discursive practises of art, film and music, borrowing from one to challenge the preoccupations of the other. Time is central to the musically informed suite of photo corners on paper, presented in the exhibition. A temporal order is implied through the physical layout of the five collages, which parade across the wall, reflecting the structure of a musical score. The sequential aspect of Conrad’s collages draw attention to the issues of production, performance and viewing.

Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of Minimalism and Conceptual art. His experiments with architecturally scaled wall drawings began in 1968 and were considered radical due to the purposeful temporality of this new form of drawing. According to the principle of the work, LeWitt’s wall drawings are a performative act, carried out by installers other than the artist, using set guidelines and simple diagrams. As with McCall’s Five - Minute Drawing, the technical, performative aspect of the work is equally as significant as it’s representational value.

Similarly incorporating his interest in architecture in to his artistic practise, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is best known for those works in which he dissected existing buildings, cutting into and opening them up. Originally trained as an architect, Matta-Clark converted buildings into gravity-defying, disorientating walk-through sculptures. On view will be cut drawings relating to the artist's 1973 project entitled A W-Hole House, a square red-tiled house in Genoa, Italy, to which Matta-Clark added an atrium and, inside, a series of parallel horizontal slices. The hefty drawings of empty space have been created by the incision and removal of the material from the stucco and cardboard blocks. Matta-Clark labeled these drawings ‘Datum Cuts’, using them to give permanent expression to his difficult vision.

Canadian artist Dorothea Rockburne’s (b.1932) primary medium is paper of all kinds, from carbon and kraft paper to vellum and papyrus paper. Rockburne’s experiences as a dancer have informed her approach and developed her conception of art as a process, while her studies in mathematics and physics have also been a source of inspiration. The works on show reveal how, in creating a piece, the artist is guided by the properties of the material. Conservation Class #5 and Conservation Class #9 (1973) are self-generated drawings created by folding and mutilating the paper itself according to a geometric rule.

The purposely temporal actions of the five artists featured in the exhibition propelled the old fashioned concepts of drawing into a new time and state of mind not experienced before in Art history.

 

Installation Views
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Time out of Mind
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, November 16, 2011–January 21, 2012

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Exhibited Works
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
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Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Blue and red ink, pencil and offset lithographed photograph on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 Inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
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Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Pencil and blue and red ink on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
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Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Set of 6 gelatin silver prints
each 22.5 × 33 cm
each 8 13/16 × 13 3/16 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
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Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Charcoal on BFK Rives White 270 gsm
6 parts. each 63 × 90 cm

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House: Datum Cut, 1973
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Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House: Datum Cut, 1973
Stucco and cut cardboard
47 × 67.3 × 3.2 cm
18 1/2 × 26 1/2 × 1 1/4 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House (cut drawing), 1973

Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House (cut drawing), 1973
Gesso and cut cardboard
81.9 × 55.9 × 2.5 cm
32 1/4 × 22 × 1 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
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Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
14 × 21.6 cm
5 1/2 × 8 1/4 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 2/77), 1977
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Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 2/77), 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 12/76), 1977
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Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 12/76), 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Tony Conrad
Quadrilateral, 1977
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Tony Conrad
Quadrilateral, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
22.8 × 30.2 cm
9 × 12 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
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Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #5, 1973
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Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #5, 1973
Strathmore 2 ply paper and graphite mounted on gessoed masonite
124.4 × 106.7 cm
49 × 42 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #9, 1973
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Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #9, 1973
Strathmore 2 ply paper and graphite mounted on gessoed masonite
87.6 × 177.8 cm
34 1/2 × 70 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973), 1973
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Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973)
, 1973
Graphite on paper
76.2 × 76 .2cm
30 × 30 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973', 1973
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Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973'
, 1973
Graphite on paper
76.2 × 76.2 cm
30 × 30 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Yellow Solid, Black Solid, 1973

Anthony McCall
Yellow Solid, Black Solid, 1973
2 books, offset lithography on paper
22.9 × 14.3 × 2.2 cm
9 × 5 5/8 × 7/8 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 1973/2008
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Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 1973/2008
Ink and wash on paper
36.5 × 58.4 cm
14 3/8 × 23 inches

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge and Turn through 90 Degrees (II), 1973/2008

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge and Turn through 90 Degrees (II), 1973/2008
Ink and wash on paper
35.6 × 58.4 cm
14 × 23 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 1973
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Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 1973
Black pencil on wall
Dimensions variable

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Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Charcoal on BFK Rives White 270 gsm + Charcoal + string
6 parts. each 63 × 90 cm

Details
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Blue and red ink, pencil and offset lithographed photograph on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 Inches

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Landscape for Fire: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Pencil and blue and red ink on graph paper
44.5 × 56.5 cm
17 1/2 × 22 1/4 inches

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1974 (detail)

Anthony McCall
9 Gasoline Fires: Score for Eternal Condition, 1974
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Set of 6 gelatin silver prints
each 22.5 × 33 cm
each 8 13/16 × 13 3/16 inches

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Water Table, 1972
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Charcoal on BFK Rives White 270 gsm
6 parts. each 63 × 90 cm

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House: Datum Cut, 1973
Stucco and cut cardboard
47 × 67.3 × 3.2 cm
18 1/2 × 26 1/2 × 1 1/4 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House: Datum Cut, 1973 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Gordon Matta-Clark
A W-hole House (cut drawing), 1973
Gesso and cut cardboard
81.9 × 55.9 × 2.5 cm
32 1/4 × 22 × 1 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
14 × 21.6 cm
5 1/2 × 8 1/4 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 2/77), 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 2/77), 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 12/76), 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled (surface study 12/76), 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Quadrilateral, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
22.8 × 30.2 cm
9 × 12 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Quadrilateral, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled, 1977
Collage, photo corners on paper
21.6 × 14 cm
8 1/4 × 5 1/2 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Tony Conrad
Untitled, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #5, 1973
Strathmore 2 ply paper and graphite mounted on gessoed masonite
124.4 × 106.7 cm
49 × 42 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #5, 1973 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #5, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #9, 1973
Strathmore 2 ply paper and graphite mounted on gessoed masonite
87.6 × 177.8 cm
34 1/2 × 70 inches

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #9, 1973 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Dorothea Rockburne
Conservation Class #9, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973)
, 1973
Graphite on paper
76.2 × 76 .2cm
30 × 30 inches

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973), 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973)
, 2011 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 3, short strokes, 2 x in from each corner (medium pressure) December 17th, 1973), 2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973'
, 1973
Graphite on paper
76.2 × 76.2 cm
30 × 30 inches

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973', 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration
On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973'
, 2011 (detail)

Anthony McCall
Pencil Duration , On verso: 'no. 1, long strokes, 3 x in from each corner (light pressure), December 17th, 1973', 2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Yellow Solid, Black Solid, 1973
2 books, offset lithography on paper
22.9 × 14.3 × 2.2 cm
9 × 5 5/8 × 7/8 inches

Anthony McCall
Yellow Solid, Black Solid, 1973
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 1973/2008
Ink and wash on paper
36.5 × 58.4 cm
14 3/8 × 23 inches

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 1973/2008
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 2011 (detail)

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge on the Diagonal (II), 2011
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge and Turn through 90 Degrees (II), 1973/2008
Ink and wash on paper
35.6 × 58.4 cm
14 × 23 inches

Anthony McCall
White Noise Installation, Surge and Turn through 90 Degrees (II), 1973/2008
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 1973
Black pencil on wall
Dimensions variable

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 1973 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 1973 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin
Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Sol LeWitt
Arcs from midpoint of one side, 2011 (detail)

Time out of Mind – Group Exhibition – Berlin

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
Charcoal on BFK Rives White 270 gsm + Charcoal + string
6 parts. each 63 × 90 cm

Anthony McCall
Five Minute Drawing, 1974/2011
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