pink accent²

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Haim Steinbach (American, b. Israel, 1944)
pink accent², 1987
Mixed-media construction
55 × 110 × 23 in. (139.7 × 279.4 × 58.42 cm)
Purchase, with funds from Marianne and Sheldon B. Lubar, Vicki and Allen Samson, and Dr. and Mrs. James Stadler M1987.11
Not Currently on View

Haim Steinbach began incorporating found objects into his artworks in the 1970s. His interest lies in the social ritual of collecting and arranging objects; he believes that in his work, these objects raise consciousness about the anthropological role of art in society. For thirty years now, Steinbach has arranged a wide variety of commercial objects on shelves to provoke "psychological anxiety." Much like a store, the gallery serves as a display for these retail items. pink accent2 is an example of Steinbach's use of objects to engage viewers in artistic play, causing the viewers to reflect on their relation to the arrangement.

Publication History
Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 43, 70-71, cat. 68, color illus. p. 43. Sobel, Dean. From Figure to Floor: Sculpture in the 20th Century from the Collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1998, p. 70, cat. 65, b/w illus. p. 60. Steinbach, Haim, Jean-Louis Froment, Germano Celant, Elisabeth Lebovici, and John Miller. Haim Steinbach: Recent Works. Bordeaux: CAPC, Muse´e d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, 1988, color repro. p. 49.
Exhibition History
From Figure to Floor: Sculpture in the 20th Century, Milwaukee Art Museum, September 11 – November 8, 1998. Haim Steinbach, capc Musee d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, December 9, 1988–February 26, 1989. Art Since 1970, Madison Art Center, May 29–August 21, 1988 (sponsored by Milwaukee Art Museum). Art Since 1980 from the Permanent Collection, 333 Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, January 21, 1988–March 18, 1988 (sponsored by Milwaukee Art Museum). Currents 12: Simulations New American Conceptualism, Milwaukee Art Museum, November 13, 1987–January 24, 1988, cat. no. 25, b/w repro. on cover of gallery guide.


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