stuttgart

Walter De Maria

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

For Walter De Maria, a work of art expresses the idea of realizing the absolute. There is also a global and historical aspect to De Maria’s art, which could previously be seen in his unrealized project Olympic Earth Sculpture, 1971, planned for Munich; it appears again in the two sculptures that De Maria created especially for this exhibition. (Eleven Part Circle of the Large Rod Series, 1986, was also included here, but had been exhibited elsewhere.)

The first, The Beginning and End of Infinity/The 25-Meter Rod, 1987, looked precious and auratic in the dim light of the gallery. This work consists of a solid brass rod, about 6 inches in diameter, resting on a 40-inch-high, white pedestal; the rod is actually composed of 50 sections, each a half meter long (about 20 inches). Its golden surface seemed to glow. In light of the pure spiritual beauty of this form, the paradox of the title loses

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