Massed Media

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The works in “Massed Media” are all made using a similar artistic strategy: the massing of multiple components into a cohesive whole—greater than the sum of its parts. Artists have long been interested in gathering or assembling materials in unusual ways to speak about many types of issues. These include how multiplicity and abundance can transform our perception of familiar objects or the interconnectedness and complexity of systems, be they architectural, organic, or human. El Anatsui’s masterful massing of bottle caps and wrappers becomes a political and cultural critique, while the Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty uses clustered strands of glass and fiber to create an otherworldly abstraction. Whether sculpture, video, jewelry, craft, or design, the works in “Massed Media” show the power and potential of pattern.

Above: El Anatsui, Black River (detail), 2009. Aluminum, bottle caps, and copper wire. Towles Fund for Contemporary Art, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund, Henry and Lois Foster Contemporary Purchase Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, and funds donated by the Vance Wall Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.

Selection of further exhibitions in:

03.11.2017 - 18.03.2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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29.06.2017 - 04.09.2017
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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05.03.2016 - 04.09.2017
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington DC

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13.10.2017 - 11.03.2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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01.10.2017 - 28.01.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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09.04.2017 - 10.09.2017
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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24.09.2017 - 01.01.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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15.09.2017 - 04.02.2018
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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09.04.2017 - 10.09.2017
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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28.09.2018 - 17.03.2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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26.05.2017 - 04.09.2017
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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16.03.2018 - 05.08.2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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15.03.2019 - 14.07.2019
Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and G Sts NW
Washington

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22.10.2017 - 01.02.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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05.05.2017 - 22.10.2017
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
New York

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09.04.2017 - 10.09.2017
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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12.06.2017 - 01.10.2017
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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23.09.2017 - 01.01.2018
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street
New York

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Massed Media Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Main address: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Avenue MA 02115 Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Avenue MA 02115 Boston, The works in “Massed Media” are all made using a similar artistic strategy: the massing of multiple components into a cohesive whole—greater than the sum of its parts. Artists have long been interested in gathering or assembling materials in unusual ways to speak about many types of issues. These include how multiplicity and abundance can transform our perception of familiar objects or the interconnectedness and complexity of systems, be they architectural, organic, or human. El Anatsui’s masterful massing of bottle caps and wrappers becomes a political and cultural critique, while the Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty uses clustered strands of glass and fiber to create an otherworldly abstraction. Whether sculpture, video, jewelry, craft, or design, the works in “Massed Media” show the power and potential of pattern.

Above: El Anatsui, Black River (detail), 2009. Aluminum, bottle caps, and copper wire. Towles Fund for Contemporary Art, Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Acquisition Fund, Henry and Lois Foster Contemporary Purchase Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, and funds donated by the Vance Wall Foundation. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY.
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