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Henry Flynt, Tritone Monochord, 1987, dulcimer tuning pin, brackets, screws, violin bridge, guitar string, permanent marker, wood, 48 x 40 1/2".

Henry Flynt

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Henry Flynt, Tritone Monochord, 1987, dulcimer tuning pin, brackets, screws, violin bridge, guitar string, permanent marker, wood, 48 x 40 1/2".

A philosopher, musician, and artist, Henry Flynt has been making interdisciplinary work since dropping out of college and moving to New York in 1960. Once there, he befriended and collaborated with other protean figures such as La Monte Young, George Maciunas, and Walter De Maria. Well-versed in mathematics, analytic philosophy, and music theory, Flynt drew from those fields to create the genre of “concept art” in 1961. Unlike text-based works of Conceptual art, Flynt’s concept art was intended to be an “object critique of logic or mathematics or objective structure.” On the one hand, Flynt’s works can be seen as reflections of the heady, post-Cagean cultural scene of the ’60s, in which disciplinary boundaries were routinely transgressed. On the other, Flynt has long marched to the beat of his own drum. By 1963, he had taken a vigorous antiart stance, publicly protesting as well

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