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Walter De Maria

Chicago Project, from S.M.S. No.1


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  • Artist Walter De Maria (American, 1935–2013)
  • Title Chicago Project, from S.M.S. No.1
  • Date 1968
  • Medium Mixed media
  • Dimensions unframed | 8 1/2 x 11 in.
  • Credit line University purchase, 1990
  • Object number WU 1990.13.1 B.iv

Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 02/02/2018 - 04/16/2018

Randall Galleries

Inscription Textual component: Jan.8, 1968 // Mr. Jan van der Marck / 237 e.Ontario St. / Chicago, Illinois // Thankyou very much for your invitation to participate in / the “ Art By Telephone” exhibition. // I feel much sympathy toward an effort which would emphasize / the conceptual nature of art. // I have worked in this fashion since 1969/60. / In 1961 I had two wooden boxes constructed for me from written / notes made in 1960. These notes for the Boxes for Meaningless / Work and two other sculptures Column with a Ball on Top and / Surprise Box as well as notes for imagined environmental sit- / uations are published in the book entitled AN ANTHOLOGY, edited / and published by La Monte Young & Jackson MacLow, published 1963. // Since 1965 I have been working with a metal shop in the fabrication / of my work. So you can see that your proposal has greatly intrigued / me. // I have very carefully considered the many important points that / your show will emphasize and I am enclosing a description of a / object/situation which can most powerfully give to you my spirit. // JAMES BYARS is the only [?] artist I would recommend for participation. / he may be reached through Richard Bellamy in New York. // Sincerely / [signature] Walter De Maria / 27 Howard St. / P.O. Box 258 N.Y.13 N.Y. 10013 / WO 6 2574

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