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Title

Untitled (study for The modern procession III)


Artist

Francis Alÿs

Belgium, Mexico

1959 -


About

Francis Alÿs’ works often comprise notations or sketches for performative events. ‘Untitled (study for The modern procession III)’, a series of sketches on architect’s drafting paper, is a visual plan for a procession that Alÿs staged in New York City on 23 June 2002. The procession marked the closure of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan for rebuilding and the temporary relocation of its collection to Queens. Echoing Catholic South American traditions of the parade, ‘The modern procession’ included a Peruvian band and replicas of famous artworks by Picasso, Duchamp and Giacometti held aloft like religious icons. In addition, the contemporary artist Kiki Smith was carried in a chair like a modern-day Madonna – a small recognition of the predominance of works by men in the MoMA collection.


Details


Date

2000


Media categories

Drawing , Collage


Materials used

collage, oil and pencil on tracing paper


Dimensions

31.2 x 38.0 cm sheet; 34.7 x 41.6 x 2.5 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "FAlÿs". Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2010.236


Artist information

Francis Alÿs

Works in the collection

14