Lili Dujourie

De Appel

Lili Dujourie is an artist whose work has consistently belied appearances by reversing our expectations of the media used. In this exhibition, which included pieces made with fabric, granite, mirror, and steel, she challenged the viewer to go beyond the work’s facade and to penetrate its inherent ambiguity. American Imperialism, 1972, is an important early work. In a pale white room, one section of the wall is painted red. Leaning against it is a black steel plate. The piece simultaneously ignites and deadens the room with its magnification and negation of color. Its reference to American Minimalist art is particularly apt in the way the piece dominates and transforms its surrounding space. If the art object can be defined in relation to its spatial context, the reverse may also be true. This is a piece that constantly engenders relationships—of size, scale, space, and color—in order to

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