Share #11: Hirshhorn Muesum’s Over, Under Next

If you want to see the origins of collage and assemblage, and you live in the DC area, head to the Hirshhorn to see Under, Over, Next. Something I had to keep in mind is context–the collages and assemblages in this show are from as early as 1913 (Braque’s Aria de Bach)

This piece by Jess, A Western Prospect of Egg and Dart1988, made me consider the physical  process involved in cutting and pasting, now more commonly accomplished with Photoshop and similar software and applications.

A close-up.IMG_4354

There was something about the presence of the ‘real’ puzzle pieces and other objects-the trompe l’oeil, that was exciting.IMG_4355

So many things were hiding in the image. Today was the second time I studied this picture and I saw entierly new things.IMG_4356

I also was drawn to these images by Jiří Kolář, organized in a visual way, for example in diagonals:


Or weblike structures:IMG_4360

Or vertical lines: IMG_4359


  1. I saw this exhibit last weekend with some friends visiting from Spain. I had a hard time trying to understand it and appreciate your notes. In fact, the first picture you chose to show was the one my eldest daughter was drawn to (Mom, I would like to have that in my house. I like it because it is collage.) and the mother of the Spanish family I was with (she took photos of this and of a close-up that showed yet another landscape within the picture which you could see only if you looked at it from a different angle). Oddly, the only pieces my Spanish friends did not like were the two from Barcelona — they could not appreciate the modern-ness of the art, and to see some from their own home was embarrassing for them. I look forward to returning to this exhibit to see anew what I saw before.

  2. Hmmm. Collage? I do that ever single day. No calls from the Hirshhorn? My goodness… Any Ray Johnson in this?

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