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untitled drawing
  • Robert Barry
    born 1936
    born: New York, New York, United States ; active: United States
  • untitled drawing, 1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • transfer type, pen and ink on paper
  • Object Height/Width: 90.6 x 91 cm
    Object Height/Width: 35 5/8 x 35 13/16 in
  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0040
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"NetWorks: Art and Artists from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection," Mar-2011, Susan Earle, Stephen Goddard, and SMA Interns
In 2004 editor, writer, and curator Jörg Heiser
wrote of an early work by Robert Barry titled, It Has Order (1969-70), “he distributed eight short sentences over four otherwise empty pages: ‘ ... it has order ... it is always changing ... it is affected by other things ... it affects other things ... it is not confined ... it is not in any specific place ... it can be presented, but go unnoticed ... to know of it is to be part of it ... ’ Who or what is the ‘it’ he is talking about? The weather? The Holy Ghost? Sure, he is talking about art, but he could just as easily be talking about inert gases, too.” Similarly, the series of words on the perimeter of the two drawings by Barry exhibited here evoke thoughts, memories, and constructions that rapidly move beyond the physical space of the work itself to our individual mental spaces.