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Zip; 03-01-12....03-31-12

Yuji Agematsu

Contemporary Art

Since emigrating from Japan in 1980, Yuji Agematsu has taken daily strolls around New York City. The artist collects the litter he encounters on the sidewalks—ranging from cigarette butts and gum to trinkets and glass shards—and assembles it into clear pouches that he calls “zips.” This ritualistic practice creates a record of time and place, forming an unconventional portrait of the city and its millions of inhabitants through their discarded traces.
MEDIUM Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, metal, plastic, glass shards, eraser, acrylic fingernail, thread, metal screw, dust, penny, seed pod, hair, dried grass, razor blade, rubber fitting, tar, aquarium pebbles, rocks, plastic doll part, soil)
DATES 2012
DIMENSIONS shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm) each object (31 total): 2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.30.3a-c
CREDIT LINE Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Gallerist Award
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Yuji Agematsu
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CAPTION Yuji Agematsu (Japanese, born 1956). Zip; 03-01-12....03-31-12, 2012. Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, metal, plastic, glass shards, eraser, acrylic fingernail, thread, metal screw, dust, penny, seed pod, hair, dried grass, razor blade, rubber fitting, tar, aquarium pebbles, rocks, plastic doll part, soil), shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Gallerist Award, 2012.30.3a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.30.3_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2012.30.3_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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Yuji Agematsu (Japanese, born 1956). <em>Zip; 03-01-12....03-31-12</em>, 2012. Mixed media (wood, latex paint, drywall screws, cigarette cellophane wrapper, gum, metal, plastic, glass shards, eraser, acrylic fingernail, thread, metal screw, dust, penny, seed pod, hair, dried grass, razor blade, rubber fitting, tar, aquarium pebbles, rocks, plastic doll part, soil), shelf dimensions: 11 x 2 1/2 x 30 in. (27.9 x 6.4 x 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Gallerist Award, 2012.30.3a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2012.30.3_PS9.jpg)