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Muses meet William Anastasi, tour new gallery show

The Muse Scholars had the chance to speak with William Anastasi, considered one of the founders of both Conceptual and Minimal Art, at William Anastasi: Sound Works, 1963-2013, Anastasi's new show curated by Max Weintraub at The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College. The Department of Art & Art History organized this special event.

Not only did the Muses get a personal tour of Sound Works by Assistant Visiting Professor of Art History Max Weintraub, but they spoke with Anastasi himself, asking questions about his process and personal aesthetic. (Photo: William Anastasi (left) and Max Weintraub (middle) speak with the Muse Scholars and Muse Scholar Director Dara Meyers-Kingsley)

 "Sound Works examines the importance of sound in the work of William Anastasi (b. 1933), one of the key figures in the development of Conceptual, Process, and Minimal Art. Since the early 1960s, sound has played a central role in Anastasi's relentless investigations into the status, autonomy, and representational function of the art object.  Bringing together works from 1963 to the present, Sound Works marks the first comprehensive exhibition to focus exclusively on William Anastasi's varied use of and engagement with sound. By showcasing sound as a consistent thread in his pioneering efforts to question aesthetic norms, this exhibition provides a unique lens through which to consider Anastasi's artistic innovations and contributes to the ongoing critical reappraisal of his oeuvre.

This ensemble of objects and drawings explores the complex relationship between sound and image, and yields a range of conceptual and phenomenological tensions: between active and passive, presence and absence, creation and destruction. In so doing, Anastasi raises important questions about site and medium specificity, the dematerialization of the aesthetic object, and the dynamic nature of sense experience and perception. Cumulatively, Sound Works offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to consider both the importance of sound to Anastasi's broader artistic practice as well as Anastasi's significance to the emerging art movements of the 1960s and beyond." (Photo, left: Curator Max Weintraub discusses a series of early Anastasi drawings in Sound Works; Photo, below: William Anastasi's "Without title," 2013, and "One Hour with Graphite," 2013)

Sound Works runs from Oct. 4, 2013, through Nov. 30, 2013.