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José Pedro Croft, Untitled, 2012, wood, MDF, mirror, 7' 4 1/2“ x 16' 4 7/8” x 5' 1".

José Pedro Croft

Appleton Square

José Pedro Croft, Untitled, 2012, wood, MDF, mirror, 7' 4 1/2“ x 16' 4 7/8” x 5' 1".

In a career now spanning more than thirty years, José Pedro Croft has constructed a visual and conceptual language that has begun to seem practically unshakable. Particularly in the past fifteen years, we have come to expect his work to be not just sculpture but more specifically metal structures with stainless-steel surfaces, sometimes painted or mirrored. Yet the recent project he developed with curator João Silvério for Appleton Square marks a clear change in his familiar materials and vocabulary.

Croft presented a new sculpture (all works Untitled, 2012) that is a reworking of a very large nineteenth-century table that once belonged to the former chemistry lab of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. One end of the table has been cut off; the two parts of the tabletop have been displaced and are open, supporting each other in the air, like a house of cards. The top of

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