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Jimmy Robert, Untitled, 2010, ink-jet print, wood, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 5".

Jimmy Robert

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

Jimmy Robert, Untitled, 2010, ink-jet print, wood, 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 5".

Jimmy Robert subjects paper to a series of operations that read like an excerpt from Richard Serra’s famous Verb List: to rip, to append, to curl, to stuff, to crumple, to fold, to hang, to lean, to drop. Sturdy ink-jet prints, various paper stocks, found posters, bits of fabric, masking tape, and drawn elements appear collaged together or isolated, in ways that invariably force attention to the sculptural qualities of what we would normally think of as two-dimensional surfaces. If paper hangs on the wall, as it did in Robert’s recent installation of Untitled (Mickael), 2006—part of “Vis-à-vis,” the artist’s first major museum show in the US—it curves or folds into space, departing from the vertical plane. In Untitled (homage to the young boy…), 2007, the work was appended so low that it slid onto the floor, to meet several sheets of paper that were lying flat beneath

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