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Untitled

1969
20th century
275 cm x 276 cm (108 1/4 in. x 108 11/16 in.)

Mary Corse (Berkeley, California, 1945 – ) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Acrylic with glass microspheres on canvas
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1979
            
               Accession Number:                1979.25             
            
Object Description: Mary Corse intends for her monochromatic paintings to be immersive experiences. In 1968 the artist began a series of large-scale, white grid paintings, mixing acrylic paint with glass microspheres—a material used to give road signs and dividing lines their reflective look—to transform the flat canvas into a luminescent plane. The result encourages movement around the work’s surface, inviting us to engage with its projected light from a variety of angles and distances. Indeed, viewers must encounter it experientially, as it cannot accurately be captured in photographs. As Corse explained in an interview, “When I first started putting glass microspheres in paint, I was really putting the light inside the painting. I didn’t want to paint a picture of the experience of light—I wanted the painting to be the light experience itself.”

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