Hanne Darboven Month III (March) 1974Hanne Darboven Month III (March) 1974
Hanne Darboven Month III (March) 1974

Using numbers as "a way of writing without describing," Darboven based much of her work on the calendar. In 1968, when a new generation of artists was making conceptual, process-oriented works, Darboven began creating labor-intensive drawings based on the addition of the digits that make up a date (day + month + year). Her emphasis on process and duration makes time both the raw material and the subject of her art. Like a journal or a diary, her work documents her life, but her use of mathematical procedures ensures that her personal history is kept private.

Gallery label from Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, April 22, 2009–January 4, 2010
Ink on 31 pieces of transparentized paper
Installation: 66 1/2 x 70 x 1 1/2" (168.9 x 177.8 x 3.8 cm)

Clement Valla

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