Variable Piece #70 (In Process): 166A

A work made of typed and signed statement, typed list of characterizations, five chromogenic prints mounted on two panels.
© 2018 Estate of Douglas Huebler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of typed and signed statement, typed list of characterizations, five chromogenic prints mounted on two panels.

Date:

1975/76

Artist:

Douglas Huebler
American, 1924–1997

About this artwork

Douglas Huebler used diverse systems of documentation to chronicle rule-based but unscripted events and encounters. Variable Piece #70 stands as the most ambitious project of his career—to make a photographic record of “everyone alive.” The utter futility of the premise was liberating, and Huebler would set different terms of play for each foray. For Variable Piece #70 (In Process): 166A, he asked participants to describe themselves by selecting from a set of 80 placards imprinted with different personal characteristics. This work features all five people who posed with the sign reading “One person who may be culturally dislocated.” Far from a fastidious archivist, Huebler pursued Variable Piece #70 until his death, always undermining the project’s potential rigor with allowances for subjectivity and humor.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Douglas Huebler

Title

Variable Piece #70 (In Process): 166A

Origin

United States

Date

1975–1976

Medium

Typed and signed statement, typed list of characterizations, five chromogenic prints mounted on two panels

Dimensions

Top panel: 40.6 x 116.8 cm (16 x 46 in.); Bottom panel: 40.6 x 96.5 cm (16 x 38 in.)

Credit Line

Contemporary Art Discretionary Fund

Reference Number

2012.109

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of Douglas Huebler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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