The Nasher Sculpture Center presented the work of Romanian-born artist Anna-Bella Papp as part of its Sightings series, which exhibits installations and architectural interventions by contemporary artists. Sightings: Anna-Bella Papp was displayed at the Nasher Sculpture Center's Corner Gallery from October 24, 2014 through January 18, 2015.
For the exhibition, Anna-Bella Papp made exquisitely restrained works in unfired clay. Occupying tabletops or mounted to walls, the sculpted reliefs were intimate in scale, yet suggested objects and spaces many times their scale. Many of the works recall low-relief architectural models or site plans for minimalist earthworks. They also call to mind modernist reliefs by artists as diverse as Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, and Ben Nicholson. Although relatively flat, the works are resolutely sculptural, often worked on both faces and even at times their edges. In this spare, rectangular format, subtle inflections and minor surface articulations take on surprising power, harnessing an extraordinary economy of means to moving effect. Papp’s exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center was the first museum presentation of her work in the United States.