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Reeva Potoff

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Reeva Potoff’s Bristol Bluffs is an immense and intricate cardboard and paper cliff. It covers a whole large wall, extends four feet out onto the floor, and has ledges and crannies roomy enough to climb or sit on. A group of models and photographs were displayed along with this construction, including some of its original, natural prototype. Those original cliffs look considerably less impressive than Potoff’s sculpture, which sends them through something like a close encounter.

In the sculpture, every element of the cliffs is so clarified and emphasized that one would be unlikely to understand that they are cliffs without the help of the title and models. By itself Potoff’s work would be a sort of Deco abstraction. Its closest relatives are newer than Deco, though—they include Frank Stella’s metal reliefs and Lucas Samaras’ patchworks—for it arises directly from the anti-Minimal efforts

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