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Barry Le Va, Diagrammatic Silhouettes: Sculptured Activities (Black Stress), 1987, ink on paper collage, 80 x 80".

Barry Le Va

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

Barry Le Va, Diagrammatic Silhouettes: Sculptured Activities (Black Stress), 1987, ink on paper collage, 80 x 80".

Although best known for his sprawling sculptural investigations, Barry Le Va has consistently made works on paper throughout his varied career. During the 1960s and ’70s, these usually took the form of plans for three-dimensional installations; often depicted from an aerial perspective, they would lay out complex distributions of items such as ball bearings, felt, aluminum, and chalk across gallery floors. But of the six works that were on display in “Large Scale Collages: 1985–1991,” only two follow this strategy: Study for Sculpture Occupying 2 Area. CPE/Reading Beckett; Reading Bernard #1, 1991, and Sculptured Activities (Entrance-Exit with Abscessed Plan), 1988–89. The other four evince a unique approach to drawing-as-collage that Le Va did not initiate until the late ’80s.

One of the most curious features of these four latter abstract works is the smattering of small puncture

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