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by Jerome Weeks 21 Apr 2008

… maybe someone at Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art could start compiling all of the “sculpture installation” photos on the museum’s blog into a book about the process of setting up such incredible, wildly disparate art objects as room-sized wooden wheels and sleeping baby giants into exhibition galleries. The images are often as  captivating (and more disturbing) than […]

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… maybe someone at Fort Worth’s Museum of Modern Art could start compiling all of the “sculpture installation” photos on the museum’s blog into a book about the process of setting up such incredible, wildly disparate art objects as room-sized wooden wheels and sleeping baby giants into exhibition galleries. The images are often as  captivating (and more disturbing) than the resultant pieces  — as in the construction of Roxy Paine’s “Conjoined” (above), which, rather than suggesting two metal trees fusing together, seems to show a mechanoid robot battle between forklifts, cranes and the scary trees from The Wizard of Oz.

UPDATE: What’s really striking to me about many of the photos is the meeting (collision?) of the art museum world and the world of hard-hatted construction guys, the generally pristine and finished quality of the gallery vs. the raw, truck-and-pulley backstage activities. Also, there are the dichotomies of scale between humans and objects or between Martin Puryear’s elegant, almost whimsical little maquettes and the bulk of the real sculptures.

So … some suggested book titles:

Manhandling Modern Art.

(Re)Building Art: Modern Sculpture (in) Pieces.

Furniture Moving in the Galleries.

Don’t Wake the Giant Baby.

Contemporary Art for Forklift Operators.

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