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Tape Project, Akron Art Institute

20th century

Jaime Davidovich (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1936 - 2016, New York City) Primary

Object Type: installation
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support: Clear tape
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Dario Werthein under the Acquisition Programs for Museums of ArteBA Foundation, 2017
               Accession Number:                2017.209.2             
Object Description: Jaime Davidovich first began exploring texture in his early monochromatic works. He later experimented with the real and conceptual boundaries of his paintings by eliminating their frames and taping them directly to the wall. By the early 1970s, he worked specifically with adhesive tape, placing it on walls, floors, stairways, sidewalks, and TV monitors. Through these creative actions and interventions, he expanded the spaces where art could be displayed. "Tape Project, Akron Art Institute," which originally took place in Ohio, is one of Davidovich’s first tape installations. The clear tape highlights imperfections of the wall and the mode of installation results in an uneven surface marked with bubbles, folds, and wrinkles. Davidovich made the conceptual leap from actual tape to video tape, becoming an early innovator in video art and in using public television as a platform for performance.

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