In 1952, Conrad Marca-Relli began pasting pieces of canvas and paper onto the surface of his canvases to create monumental collages. The collages were initially derived from figural or architectural elements, but transitioned into abstracted imagery in the late 1950s. Black Rock represents the abstracted collage phase of Marca-Relli’s career in which he abandoned all references to figural and architectural elements for a focus on creating contrasts between flat surfaces and spatial illusionism.
Title: Black Rock
Medium: oil and canvas on canvas
Accession Number: P70.2.1
Location: North Concourse
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