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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: 20th century: 77A AA
77A AA

77A AA
Dennis Byng
plastic: acrylic/cast
46 1/2 x 18 x 13 in. (118.1 x 45.7 x 33.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson, Martha Jackson Memorial Collection

Dennis Byng uses techniques traditionally associated with manufacturing to create his acrylic and Lucite sculptures. The casting and laminating process demands technical precision in order to achieve such flawless shapes and colors. Byng initially worked on a small scale, as in Column with Orange, Blue, and Green Diagonals, and concentrated on enclosing slabs of color within clear boxes. (Untitled) and 77a AA represent a move toward larger forms and employ soft veils of color rather than geometric blocks.

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