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598 / Variable Piece #70 : 1971 (In Process) Global 1975

Douglas Huebler (American, 1924–1997)
Gelatin silver prints and typescript
Frame: 94 × 94 cm (37 × 37 in.), each Overall: 94 x 188 cm (37 x 74 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, and Stephen and Jennifer Rich Gift, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.32a, b
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed in pencil on typed and printed statement, recto BC: "Douglas Huebler"; printed text on statement, recto TC: "Variable Piece no. 70 (In Process) // Global // Throughout the remainder of the artist's lifetime he will photographically document, to the extent of his // capacity, the existence of everyone alive in order to produce the most authentic and inclusive representa- // tion of the human species that may be assembled in this manner. // Editions of this work will be periodiclally issued in a variety of topical modes: '100,000 people,' '1,000,000 // people,' '10,000,000 people,' 'people personally known by the artist,' 'look-alikes,' 'over-laps,' etc. // November 1971" "-Douglas Huebler"; typescript on statement, recto C: "598/Variable Piece #70, 1971 // As of this date, tens of thousands of people have been // photographed, in America, Europe, and Israel, for the // 'everyone alive' project: most often photographed in // the streets, few appear strongly individualized and most // appear as indeterminate and undifferentiated phenomena // situated somewhere within that grainy continuum normally // described as the 'background'. // From photographs like the two 8" x 10" examples seen nearby, // 160 faces have been individuated through a series of darkroom // procedures, each now having been transformed into a discrete // portrait. Selected from these 160 faces, nine have been // again enlarged to characterize an aspect of 'everyone alive': // AT LEAST ONE PERSON WHO HEARS NO EVIL // 1975 DOUGLAS HUEBLER"
Estate of Douglas Heubler; [Paula Cooper Gallery, New York]

Paula Cooper Gallery. "From the Observatory".

Holly Solomon Gallery. "Douglas Heubler".

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