THE WORK AND THE ARTIST
Artist: Bauermeister, Mary
Title: Art Investment Report, 1973
Description of the Work:
The composition is divided into two sections: the upper portion of the page contains three drawings and the lower is a sea of sentences which organically flow to the bottom of the page. The first two drawings of the upper portion resemble that of a filing cabinet and art easel chopped in half then reassembled. The words art and investment float out of the filing cabinet drawers. The third drawing on the far right has the word report trailing out of a broken box shape with several spiraling piles littering the top section. The drawings are quite intricate and the lines that compose them jump with an electrified quality in some places.
The lower section of the drawing is a stream of thoughts which appear illegibly small in some locations and then jump out in all capital letters in others. Words that appear to leap from the page include profit, tax saving and market demands. The text contains phrases like the art market out- performed the stock market in the BOOM of the 1950s and should you buy one expensive pain-ting or a whole collection of cheaper paintings. This piece seems to both critically and playfully ask questions about the art market; the irony being that is it an art piece itself. This artwork asks the viewer to reconsider the idea of value and how art is an investment.
Mary Bauermeister was born in Germany in 1934 and attended Staatliche Saarländische Schule für Kunst und Handwerk in Saarbrücken during the 50’s. She eventually moved to Cologne and opened a studio named Atelier Lintgasse 28, which often hosted avant-garde musical performances.
Her passion for music led her to the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in 1961. This same year, she wrote a book called Score for Painters which theorizes how to apply techniques of music composition to visual art forms. Her artwork focuses of the rhythmic ordering of space, repetition and spontaneity, which all take a role in music. Her work also has been associated with a revival of Dadaism. Her work resonates with the same anti-establishment ideas of Post WWI Dada art and the reintroduction of these themes come from her experience as a child living in Germany, Post WWII. After seeing a world ravaged by war, she questions art, mortality, religion and the cosmos.
Her work is found in many collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and has been exhibited internationally.
Signed: Lower Left, M. Bauermeister 1973
Date and Dimension: 1973, In Frame: 30″x24.5″, Print: 25″x19″
Accession #: 1980.10.1
Provenance and Exhibitions: N/A
Framed or Flat: Framed
Current Location: This piece is part of the University Art Gallery’s permanent collections at New Mexico State University.
Researched by: Jennifer Abeyta, 1 December 2016