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Walead Beshty

80,000 - 120,000 USD
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  • Walead Beshty
  • 18‐inch Copper (FedEx® Large Kraft Box ©2005 FedEx 158396 REV 4/05 BP 01345‐0808, Standard Overnight, Los Angeles‐New York trk#867788937067, January 12‐13, 2010, Priority Overnight, New York‐Sherman Oaks trk#794430098705, February 17‐18, 2011, International Priority Freight, Los Angeles‐Dubai trk#794917430886, March 8‐11, 2013, International Priority, Dubai City‐London trk#799331445330 March 24 – April 2, 2013, International Priority, Hounslow-Doha trk#518944811373, April 4-15, 2013.
  • copper box with FedEx pouches and labels
  • 45.7 by 30.5 by 8.3cm.; 18 by 12 by 3 1/4 in.
  • Executed in 2007-2013.


Wallspace, NY
Private collection, USA

Catalogue Note

Walead Beshty’s artistic œuvre is dedicated to the industrial processes which surround the production, consumption, and transportation of contemporary art. The present work, a solid 18-inch copper cube modeled after the exact dimensions of a FedEx box, is shipped raw, uncrated via FedEx to and from each location, and each waybill is placed directly on the surface of the piece. The accrued handling marks, labels and oxidation stains are beautiful accretions of chance and imperfections as proof of the work’s passage through time and space, positioning the work to be in a constant state of creation. The title of the work follows this state of flux—each shipment’s tracking number, shipment locations, and dates are included—and contributes to the overall obsession and main exploration for the artist. Each box stands as “a way to materialize that change of context [from one exhibition space to another]. In this sense the marks are an analogy for the transformation of the object based on the accumulation of symbolic value.” (The artist in conversation with Mikkel Carl, 2010)