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Dan Basen

Choose A Shade, 1964

Mixed media on printed paper
11 × 7 1/4 in
27.9 × 18.4 cm
Bidding closed
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At the core of Dan Basen’s work is the act of stripping objects from their original intended use …

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At the core of Dan Basen’s work is the act of stripping objects from their original intended use and compelling the viewer to scrutinize them anew. His work associates heavily with the ready-made tradition in his reordering of common manufactured items into collaged or constructed works. During his brief career, Basen …

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Signed and dated lower center
Dan Basen
American, 1939–1970
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Like other Assemblage artists of the 1950s and ’60s, New York artist Dan Basen responded to the effects of mass production through his use of manufactured items in boxed constructions and ordered compositions. His work preempts contemporary concerns about the cataloguing of objects in art, encasing useful tools within cases—their function beyond reach—recalling French peer Arman’s object vitrines. Matchsticks are placed into regular grids, for example, away from any possibility of ignition. Basen also created mixed media collages that configure commercial packaging into new forms with a Pop Art aesthetic, such as Hershey’s (1963), and bright paint patches into charts whose shapes remain slightly off-kilter. Over the course of his brief life, Basen sought to create a reassuring order within a world of chaos.

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About the work
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At the core of Dan Basen’s work is the act of stripping objects from their original intended use …

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At the core of Dan Basen’s work is the act of stripping objects from their original intended use and compelling the viewer to scrutinize them anew. His work associates heavily with the ready-made tradition in his reordering of common manufactured items into collaged or constructed works. During his brief career, Basen …

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Signature
Signed and dated lower center
Dan Basen
American, 1939–1970
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Like other Assemblage artists of the 1950s and ’60s, New York artist Dan Basen responded to the effects of mass production through his use of manufactured items in boxed constructions and ordered compositions. His work preempts contemporary concerns about the cataloguing of objects in art, encasing useful tools within cases—their function beyond reach—recalling French peer Arman’s object vitrines. Matchsticks are placed into regular grids, for example, away from any possibility of ignition. Basen also created mixed media collages that configure commercial packaging into new forms with a Pop Art aesthetic, such as Hershey’s (1963), and bright paint patches into charts whose shapes remain slightly off-kilter. Over the course of his brief life, Basen sought to create a reassuring order within a world of chaos.

Dan Basen

Choose A Shade, 1964

Mixed media on printed paper
11 × 7 1/4 in
27.9 × 18.4 cm
Bidding closed
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