ArtBeat: Inside the Box

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Thinking outside the box is sometimes a bit over-rated.
Art-wise, there’s nothing wrong with thinking inside the box.

I’m thinking, of course, of Joseph Cornell.

And Hudson’s own Dennis Herbert:

An untitled assemblage by Dennis Herbert featuring Nipper
An untitled assemblage by Dennis Herbert featuring Nipper

But I really wasn’t aware of the work of 75-year-old German multi-mediaist Mary Bauermeister, whose fascinating, 1969 box, “The Great Society,” is the cover story of the current issue of Art Conservator, published by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.

She describes “The Great Society” as an “optical box: a multi-dimensional circumscribbling of my interpretation of life.”

Mary Bauermeister: The Great Society
Mary Bauermeister: The Great Society

Editor Timothy Cahill conducted an interview with Bauermeister earlier this year via a series of transatlantic faxes (?!?). While the magazine features intriguing excerpts during which she discusses the origins of her fascinating work and the influence of Stockhausen, Rauschenberg and Dylan.

Mary Bauermeister: The Great Society (detail)
Mary Bauermeister: The Great Society (detail)

You can read the entire interview transcript here.

Bonus: here’s a video that shows off some of her glasstables::

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