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Writing, 1966

Contemporary Art

Mary Bauermeister’s first studio in Cologne, Germany, hosted her collaborations with avant-garde artists including American composer John Cage and Korean-American artist Nam June Paik. In 1962, Bauermeister moved to New York, drawn to its nascent assemblage and found object–based movements. Her “thought boxes,” like Writing, combine aspects of play and chance that relate to the Fluxus movement and subvert traditional viewer/artwork relationships. Using optical lenses, Bauermeister destabilizes the eye’s singular gaze. A flow and complexity of images, writing, and conceptual relationships emerge from her hand-drawn and handwritten ink formations. Puns and wordplay abound, alluding to her exploration of the English language.
CULTURE American
MEDIUM Mixed media: acrylic, ink, plaster, glass on fiberboard
DATES 1966
DIMENSIONS 33 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 6 in. (85.1 x 85.7 x 15.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Verso: "112 / Writing / M. Bauermeiser / 1966 / Clean glass with acetone and cotton / never water or soap"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Mary Bauermeister (American, born Germany, 1934–2023). Writing, 1966, 1966. Mixed media: acrylic, ink, plaster, glass on fiberboard, 33 1/2 x 33 3/4 x 6 in. (85.1 x 85.7 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund and Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, 67.273. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 67.273_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 67.273_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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RIGHTS STATEMENT © Mary Bauermeister
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