Robert Israel

(Detroit, Michigan, 1939 - )

Black Progress


Rayon, Dacron and Plastic

12 x 360 x 12 in. (30.5 x 914.4 x 30.5 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jan van der Marck


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Robert Israel and Virginio Ferrari were among a number of artists who employed materials originally intended for clothing, furniture and housewares, such as Naugahyde, rayon, Dacron, and plastics. Israel intended the arrangement of his tubes, which could be as long as 100 feet, to be determined by gallery personnel each time they were exhibited and considered this participation in the configuration as part of the artwork. This emphasis on the process or event involved in displaying his work is related to "Happenings," the performance-like events of the '60s that often stressed audience participation and explored everyday, mundane occurences.

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