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Loren Madsen

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

First I'll carp about the letter from Loren Madsen to The Museum of Modern Art management tacked on the wall for the Californian's “Projects” series show. This document might make us privy to the sculptor's thinking about the major piece here, a big leaning wall of bricks restrained from collapse by hundreds of tiny steel wires. Instead, the detailed exposition of how the thing should be installed ends up insisting on its nature as a feat of engineering. The museum translated Madsen's written cautions about people touching the wires into ropes and stanchions, so that the piece is cloistered in its own particular space and gravity, blocked off like the fragile illusion that it is.

It wasn't the idea of structural acrobatics apparent from walking around this sculpture that interested me. Instead it was two separate views. Seen head on, the wall of bricks is just an irregular shape. It doesn't

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