Jean (Hans) Arp. Untitled (Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance). (1917)
Jean (Hans) Arp

Untitled (Squares Arranged according to the Laws of Chance)

(1917)
Not on view
Medium
Cut-and-pasted colored paper on colored paper
Dimensions
13 1/8 x 10 1/4" (33.2 x 25.9 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson
Object number
496.1970
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Drawings and Prints

Arp participated in the Dada movement in Zurich during World War I, creating collages such as this one that privilege chance over artistic intention. This work consists of fragments of colored paper arranged in a random configuration. The squares that swarm this collage were torn from sheets of colored paper. By using his hands to rip the paper instead of a more precise tool, the artist surrendered an increased level of control, embracing the jagged contours of the squares.

Gallery label from There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33”, October 12, 2013–June 22, 2014

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Philip Johnson, New York. 1949 - 1970
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson, 1970

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Pictured above: Vasily Kandinsky. Panel for Edwin R. Campbell No. 2 (detail). 1914. Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 48 3/8" (162.6 x 122.7 cm). Nelson A. Rockefeller Fund (by exchange). © 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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