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Dan Basen

St. Peter Allegory, 1964

Mixed-media construction
7 × 7 × 3 in
17.8 × 17.8 × 7.6 cm
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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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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

St. Peter Allegory, 1964

Mixed-media construction
7 × 7 × 3 in
17.8 × 17.8 × 7.6 cm
Contact For Price
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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