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PRINT October 1978

Cecile Abish: Building from the Ground Up

CECILE ABISH IS INTERESTED IN the way art reveals information about itself. In fact, one might say that this concern is the content of her art. “Information” may seem like a pretentious word considering how little of it is contained in art as compared with, say, a newspaper or a mechanical drawing, both of which disclose information about things other than themselves. Nevertheless, art does contain information, even if, with most contemporary art, that information is about the art object or the art-making process rather than about the outside world. Still, concern with how that information is revealed is a refinement over a concern with the mere information itself. Since the information is usually of little intrinsic interest, it focuses more concern on the method of its revelation (which is also its link with the world outside).

How does one of Abish’s works disclose information about

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