Not Yet Titled, 2010

Driftwood, shells, bronze, brass, silver chain, gold chain, steel, peacock feather, and book page
116.8 x 121.9 x 304.8 cm. (46 x 48 x 120 in.)
j: 49 × 21.7 × 33.5 cm (19 5/16 × 8 9/16 × 13 3/16 in.)
Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund
2011-21 a-q
© 2010 Carol Bove. Courtesy of the Artist and Kimmerich Gallery, NY / photo Thomas Muller, NY
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Carol Bove is known for elegant sculptures and installations that double as highly subjective archives of both the 1960s and the history of twentieth-century art. Arrangement, juxtaposition, and scenography are Bove’s primary methods. For her, as for artists such as Thomas Hirschhorn and Rachel Harrison, "display" is end, means, and subject. In Not Yet Titled, various objects rest on a low-lying platform, including shells, a silver chain, a piece of driftwood suspended from a brass plinth, a peacock feather mounted to a custom-made steel stand, an abstract steel sculpture attached to a small wooden pedestal, and a page from the book People Are Talking About: People and Things in Vogue (1969), which Bove came to know through Philip Johnson’s library. The page features an Irving Penn photograph of a male hand cradling a small butterfly. The collision of these different objects creates a rich symbolic field. Considered as a whole, they evoke a maritime landscape — more specifically, a beachfront stretch of sand embellished by ocean refuse and ripples of salt water. More broadly, Not Yet Titled explores the mediation of nature by art and artifice.

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum: Handbook of the Collections (Princeton, 2013)