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Anna-Bella Papp, Untitled, 2014, clay, 12 1/8 × 11 1/8 × 1 1/8".

Anna-Bella Papp

Stuart Shave Modern Art

Anna-Bella Papp, Untitled, 2014, clay, 12 1/8 × 11 1/8 × 1 1/8".

Occasionally I hear a sublime new song with a melody so perfect and infectious, I feel that, surely, this music must have existed before. Impossible for such timeless harmonies to have been invented only now! Anna-Bella Papp’s small, flat sculptures provoke the same sensation. Some artist or other must have previously landed upon the irresistible idea of these tile-like slabs of unglazed clay, laid out on smooth white tables, with unique markings that produce a singular world in low relief. The longest edge of each of the twenty-six works in her recent London exhibition measures about twelve inches; the reliefs—mostly Untitled and all dated either 2014 or 2015—are almost square, but none perfectly so, and each is about an inch thick. In unadorned shades of gray, brown, beige, and off-white, they might suggest Ben Nicholson or even Carl Andre; but Papp owes less to modern

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