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Mary Bauermeister, Ultramarine Tubes, 1969–70, aluminum, glass, Plexiglas, optical lenses, shaped and painted wood, stones, ink, paint, 19 3/4 × 10 1/4 × 7".

Mary Bauermeister

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Mary Bauermeister, Ultramarine Tubes, 1969–70, aluminum, glass, Plexiglas, optical lenses, shaped and painted wood, stones, ink, paint, 19 3/4 × 10 1/4 × 7".

This exhibition presented a selection of work from the 1960s and 1970s by Mary Bauermeister, one of the original proponents of a visual language intended to connect the grand European pictorial tradition with the material experimentation typical of postwar American art. Born in Frankfurt in 1934, the artist began working in Cologne in 1960 and moved to New York in 1962, along with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, to whom she was married for five years, beginning in 1967. She would not return to Europe until the early ’70s. During her time in America, Bauermeister created her “lens boxes,” a series of mixed-media works (first exhibited at the Bonino Gallery in New York in 1964) that are pivotal to this show. 

The lens boxes were a singular response to American developments such as the emerging neo-Dada aesthetic of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The diorama-like works

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