Yang Na

  • Tony Berlant, Yang Na, 1984-1986, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Gerald and Kathleen Peters, 2008.29

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In Yang Na, Tony Berlant collaged colorful, geometric pieces of metal and peppered them with steel brads, creating a surface that looks like a quilt. Berlant began making cubes with found metal in 1964 and continues to work with the material, transforming discarded advertising signs, scrap metal, and storage tins into vibrant sculptures. In this work, the artist plays with perspective and spatial relationships. He placed an image of an empty chair in one of the cube’s corners, as if inviting us to sit and ponder the bucolic scene.
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"Found objects carry all the smell and energy of the moment they were made and the culture they were made in. Yet paradoxically, this makes [the work] even more intimate and autobiographical. That's part of what I think is so mysterious." The artist, quoted in Peter Clothier, "Tony Berlant: Hammering Out Magic," ARTnews (November 1991)
Yang Na
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28 x 28 x 28 in. (71.1 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Gerald and Kathleen Peters

  • Landscape
  • Object – furniture – chair
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