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The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade: ParaPivot

Baum, Kelly, and Sheena Wagstaff
64 pages
58 illustrations
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The work of Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade is elegant, rigorous, and highly experiential. With equal parts poetry and critical acumen, Kwade creates sculptures and installations that reflect on time, perception, and scientific inquiry, calling into question the systems designed to make sense of the universe. Ultimately, she seeks to draw out the mystery and absurdity of the human condition, heightening our powers of self-reflection. For The Met, Kwade has created ParaPivot I and II, a pair of sculptures with nine massive stone spheres floating in apparent weightlessness in large, intersecting steel frames. This sculptural ballet evokes a miniature solar system, a piece of space that has settled temporarily on the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. This book, the first on Kwade’s work published in the United States, includes an insightful essay on her practice by curator Kelly Baum and a revealing interview with the artist by Sheena Wagstaff.

Study of Distortions; Isometric Systems in Isotropic Space-Map Projections: The Cube, Agnes Denes  American, born Hungary, Pen and black ink and watercolor on graph paper and mylar mounted to paper
Agnes Denes
Study for Thought Complex, Agnes Denes  American, born Hungary, Pen and black ink on graph paper
Agnes Denes
Three Mirror Vortex, Robert Smithson  American, Stainless steel and 3 mirrors
Robert Smithson
13/3, Sol LeWitt  American, Painted balsa wood
Sol LeWitt
Astrolabe of ‘Umar ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Rasul al-Muzaffari, ‘Umar ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Rasul al-Muzaffari  Yemini, Brass; cast and hammered, pierced, chased, inlaid with silver
‘Umar ibn Yusuf ibn ‘Umar ibn ‘Ali ibn Rasul al-Muzaffari
dated 690 AH/1291 CE

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), Alicja Kwade, Kelly Baum, and Sheena Wagstaff, eds. 2019. Alicja Kwade: ParaPivot. The Roof Garden Commission. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.