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  • Bob Law, Drawing 29.4.59, 1959, pencil on handmade paper, embossed, 10 × 14".

    Bob Law, Drawing 29.4.59, 1959, pencil on handmade paper, embossed, 10 × 14".

    Bob Law

    Thomas Dane | Naples

    Throughout his life as an artist, Bob Law (1934–2004) was on a “road to nothing and nowhere,” curator Douglas Fogle wrote in a 2015 essay, quoting Scottish broadcaster Fyfe Robertson, who had castigated Law’s work on the BBC. But as we learned from the five decades of work on view in this exhibition—to accompany which Thomas Dane Gallery republished Fogle’s text—nothingness was not something Law chased after, but something he simply found in what was already there. Rather than the outcome of a teleological idea of progression, it was a way of being in the world.

    In the 1950s, Law lay down in a

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