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Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath

Michael Maizels


In the late 1960s, the artist Barry Le Va began to use non-traditional materials (shattered glass, spent bullets, sound recordings, scattered flour, and sharpened meat cleavers) to execute a striking body of sculptural installations. Taking inspiration from popular crime novels and contemporary art theory, Le Va conceived of these works as an aesthetic aftermath. He charged his viewers to act like detectives at a crime scene, attempting to decipher an order underlying the apparent chaos. In addition to the aesthetic charge of its scattered visual poetry, Le Va’s work is compelling because of h ... More

Keywords: Barry Le Va, aesthetic, sculpture, installations, counter-cultural, scientific, mathematical, entropy, information theory, chaos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816694686
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816694686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Maizels, author
Davis Museum of Wellesley College