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Richard Nonas

112 Greene Street

The difficulty in Richard Nonas’ work at 112 Greene Street is in not thinking of Carl Andre’s early work, especially the wooden pieces stacked in various ways, and Nonas seems to be after the same physical “thereness.” Nonas’ works tend to stay simpler than some of Andre’s similar works, which at times and within a narrow context, became somewhat Baroque. There are 13 works on the floor of the gallery, and most of them have the same general arrangements of lumber, the size of which varies with different works. Two pieces of lumber of the same size are placed on the floor parallel to each other; on top of these, two other pieces of lumber of equal size (but not necessarily the same size as the bottom pieces) are laid parallel to each other and perpendicular to the lumber below. In some of the works, a notch is cut at the intersection of two pieces causing the lumber on top to tilt. Here,

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