AL HANSEN | UNTITLED
1927 - 1995
signed and dated 1966 NY City on the reverse
found paper collage on oriented strand board
11¼ by 8¾ in. (28.6 by 22.2 cm.)
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. All elements are present and stable. There is some general wear, stable lifting and fading to the found paper collage. The board is screwed on the reverse to the black masonite backing board.
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Al Hansen was an early member of the Fluxus Art Group and a pioneer in the fields of performance art and “Happenings.” His body of work includes numerous collages predicated on Venus of Willendorf, as in the present work. He sought to draw a connection between those first primal art instincts and his own body of work.