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Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Press XL

Taryn Simon

Contemporary Art

Taryn Simon takes inspiration from the context of major political meetings and draws attention to the many symbols of decorum and diplomacy they employ by focusing on the quiet presence of decorative floral arrangements. Simon indexes, re-creates, photographs, and preserves these centerpieces, linking the grand theatrics of political deal-making and the globalization of world economies to the intricacies of botany and horticulture. In the delicate stack of pages that forms part of the sculptural steel monolith, Simon brings together the natural and the mechanical, the ephemeral and the eternal, in a precarious state of balance.
MEDIUM Pigmented concrete press, dried plant specimens, inkjet prints, herbarium paper, and steel
DATES 2015
DIMENSIONS 44 15/16 × 22 × 30 in. (114.1 × 55.9 × 76.2 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.8
CREDIT LINE Gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Taryn Simon (American, born 1975). Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Press XL, 2015. Pigmented concrete press, dried plant specimens, inkjet prints, herbarium paper, and steel, 44 15/16 × 22 × 30 in. (114.1 × 55.9 × 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody, 2018.8. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photo courtesy Taryn Simon, CUR.2018.8_TarynSimon_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2018.8_TarynSimon_photograph.jpg. Photo courtesy Taryn Simon
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Taryn Simon (American, born 1975). <em>Paperwork and the Will of Capital, Press XL</em>, 2015. Pigmented concrete press, dried plant specimens, inkjet prints, herbarium paper, and steel, 44 15/16 × 22 × 30 in. (114.1 × 55.9 × 76.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody, 2018.8. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Photo courtesy Taryn Simon, CUR.2018.8_TarynSimon_photograph.jpg)