Hanne Darboven. Month III (March). 1974

Hanne Darboven Month III (March) 1974

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Using numbers as "a way of writing without describing," Darboven based much of her work on the calendar. In 1968, when a new generation of artists was making conceptual, process-oriented works, Darboven began creating labor-intensive drawings based on the addition of the digits that make up a date (day + month + year). Her emphasis on process and duration makes time both the raw material and the subject of her art. Like a journal or a diary, her work documents her life, but her use of mathematical procedures ensures that her personal history is kept private.

Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010.
Ink on 31 pieces of transparentized paper
Installation: 66 1/2 x 70 x 1 1/2" (168.9 x 177.8 x 3.8 cm)
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
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© 2021 Estate of Hanne Darboven / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
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