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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Paper Trails: Selected Works from the Collection, 1934–2001
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028-0918

July 19th, 2011 - November 27th, 2011
 Beard Garden (detail), Jean DubuffetJean Dubuffet, Beard Garden (detail),
1959, Torn and pasted painted papers on paper, 20 1/8 x 13 3/8 in. (51.1 x 34 cm)
© Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
upper east side
(212) 535-7710
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
works on paper

The modern and contemporary artists in this installation have translated their fascination with paper into works that defy conventional definitions of drawing. Treating paper as a material rather than a mere support, they have used processes of tearing and cutting to generate line and form, resulting in a surprising range of formal and expressive effects. Through their richly varied approaches to paper, these artists explore and elaborate the intimate immediacy associated with the act of drawing. Featured are thirty-six works on paper by twenty-four artists, including Marcel Duchamp, Jean Dubuffet, Franz Kline, Kara Walker, and Kiki Smith.

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