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

Douglas Huebler American

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Previously a Minimalist sculptor, Huebler in the late 1960s renounced the making of discrete objects, saying that “the world is more or less full of objects, more or less interesting. I do not wish to add any more. I prefer, simply, to state the existence of things in terms of time and place.” He then pioneered a radical new use of photography—anti-subjective, sequential, and not in the service of aesthetic perfect moments but rather a form of representation, like language, to be interrogated. His deadpan photographs were a new kind of “dematerialized” artwork, used in tandem with other forms of documentation such as maps, diagrams, and text. This work is part of a series predicated on the (fictive) premise of photographing “everyone alive.”

598 / Variable Piece #70 : 1971 (In Process) Global 1975, Douglas Huebler (American, 1924–1997), Gelatin silver prints and typescript

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