Beverly Pepper

Andre Emmerich Gallery

Constantly changing, width converts to narrowness, becomes a formidable expanse of blank wall, sharpens to a point, opens, becomes a thin connection between planes, closes again to an oblong box. Recesses fade into darkness until a solid piece of wall or cover cuts off the view. These are small pieces, but with the kind of inherent monumentality that suggest an urban landscape, and that might well be executed on the scale of Beverly Pepper’s Amphisculpture.

Funded by ITT for its corporate headquarters, Amphisculpture took two years to build and covers a 270-foot diameter of ground, enough for real impact by virtue of size alone. But Pepper has more to offer than mere bigness. The work consists of three concentric rings and two broad parallel ramps of poured concrete. It differs from a real amphitheatre in that there is no stage; the piece is meant to encourage total activity in the space.

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