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Constellation-Punctuation

© Estate of Jean Arp / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

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© Estate of Jean Arp / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Estate of Jean Arp / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Jean (Hans) Arp

French, born Germany, 1886-1966

Constellation-Punctuation, 1956

oil on wood

overall: 22 x 37 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches (55.88 x 95.88 x 3.81 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Charles Clifton Fund, 1969

1969:5

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Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Early in his career, Jean (Hans) Arp began to create wooden relief sculptures based on the traditions of assemblage and collage. Constellation-Punctuation hails from a series of reliefs Arp initiated in 1929 called “Arranged According to the Laws of Chance,” which originated in collages and evolved to signify the heart of Arp’s philosophical approach to artmaking. The oval and teardrop shapes are simplified forms from nature that Arp, in his owns words, “reduced . . . to moving ovals, symbols of growth, and metamorphosis of bodies.”

Label from Artists in Depth: Arp, Miró, Calder, March 25, 2011–April 15, 2012

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