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Random Elements

1979 Harold Tovish Born: New York, New York 1921 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008 wood/cut, assembled and glued on integral base 12 x 8 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 22.2 x 23.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50B


Luce Center Quote

"For me, form follows content." Harold Tovish, 1953 exhibition catalogue

Luce Center Label

Random Elements is one of the final pieces in Harold Tovish's Transformations series. Tovish started with a carefully modeled self-portrait, Unit of Measure, which he then used to create fourteen variations. Although each piece looks very different from the original, Tovish maintains the same measure of volume. Random Elements, a construction of stacked wooden blocks, appears almost abstract, making it difficult for us to recognize it as the artist's self-portrait.

Keywords

Figure male - head

sculpture

wood

About Harold Tovish

Born: New York, New York 1921 Died: Albuquerque, New Mexico 2008

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