Richard Van Buren

Off the Wall

February 24–March 8, 1973 112 Greene Street/Workshop
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, recto
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, recto
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, verso
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, verso

Exhibition Description

“For my first one-man show at 112, placed 55 sculptures around the space on the floor in 10 different groupings. The groups were determined by time: I showed 10 weeks of casting. I wanted the sculptures to break down the formal distance that exists between the viewers and the “Art”. I wanted the viewer to pick the pieces up in their hands so they could feel the weight and experience the piece with a wider range of physical involvement. I was also interested in how the viewer would change the location of the sculptures if there was no one to say, “Don’t touch.” Opening night, I placed cardboard on the floor in one area and asked Batya Zamir to dance using the sculpture.”

Exhibition Invitation

Invitation for "Richard Van Buren: Off the Wall" and "Batya Zamir Dancing," 1973
Invitation for "Richard Van Buren: Off the Wall" and "Batya Zamir Dancing," 1973
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, recto
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, verso
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, recto
Installation view for "Richard van Buren: Off the Wall," 1973, verso