Anna-Bella Papp makes exquisitely restrained works in unfired clay. Occupying tabletops or mounted to walls, the sculpted reliefs are intimate in scale yet suggest objects and spaces many times their scale.
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Many of Papp’s 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. Born in Romania in 1988 and currently living and working in Rome, Papp’s Sightings exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center will be the first museum presentation of her work in the United States.
“Each [of Papp’s sculptures] is a defined character in a cryptic alphabet, which can be endlessly recomposed across surfaces in new configurations.” –Amy Sherlock, Frieze Magazine
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