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Violence and Sculpture

Violence and Sculpture

One Violence and Sculpture
Barry Le Va
Michael Maizels
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines Le Va's invocation of chaotic and violent scatter in the period 1967-1972. The discussion focuses on works such as his installations of broken glass, meat cleavers and bullets. The violence suggested in these pieces is examined in light of a post-minimal thematics of the injured body as explored by Le Va’s contemporaries such as Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci and Chris Burden. It ultimately argue that Le Va’s violence does not “express” the upheaval of the period so much as comprise a set of specific art historical and political interventions within it

Keywords:   Barry Le Va, installations, violence, post-minimal thematics, Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, broken glass, meat cleavers, bullets

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