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THE TABLES: TOM OTTERNESS. Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, 1991. Organized and published in association with Portikus/Senckenbergmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, and Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. 76 pp. (2 foldout) with 65 ills. (12 col.). 32 x 27 cm. ISBN 847890557X Trilingual in Spanish, German and English (brief entries in Spanish only).
Examines a massive allegorical sculpture by American artist Otterness (b. 1952) consisting of three oversized steel tables on which 100 small cartoon-like figures in bronze, dwarfed by diverse mechanical devices, a gigantic spider and other animal and human forms, are arranged in fantastic scenes reminiscent of Rabelais or Gulliver's Travels. Numerous detail views of The Tables (1987) as well as fine reproductions of several preparatory drawings are prefaced by a lengthy critical essay discussing Otterness's work in an art historical context and analyzing the featured sculpture as a modern morality tale.
Artist(s):Otterness, Tom
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1970 — Sculpture
Plans: 75
Worldwide Number: 054527
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