PRINT April 1973

Jan Dibbets: The Photograph and the Photographed

JAN DIBBETS, until 1967, was a painter of essentially Minimalist serial paintings concerned with the illusion of perspective as it operates on simple geometric shapes, and he sees his subsequent work in terms of a progression from these early paintings. Clearly there is a connection between these paintings and the “Perspective Corrections” that followed, but reference to his later work as stemming from his having been a painter seems a retrospective view shaped, perhaps in part, by an orneriness and a desire to separate himself from a Conceptual label. In 1967, Dibbets began transferring what he was doing in painting into physical situations of stacked, unpainted canvases and, eventually, to cutting out squares of turf and stacking them into configurations similar to those of the last paintings. As the story goes, he then went to London and met Richard Long, who was also working in the

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