Douglas Huebler Variable Piece No. 44 1971

Artwork details

Artist
Douglas Huebler 1924–1997
Title
Variable Piece No. 44
Date 1971
Medium Photographs and printed text on board
Dimensions Support: 457 x 613 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
P07234
Not on display

Display caption

The themes of this work are changing human appearance, and the owner's own responsibility to complete the piece. It existed as a work in progress for ten years and was not complete until 1980. As the instructions printed on it show, it is a collaborative work between the artist, the current owner and the owners of the works directly preceeding it and directly following it in the series. This example belonged to the artist until it was sold to the Tate so he appears as an owner until 1974. The Tate is represented by a photograph of the current Chairman of the Tate Trustees during the six remaining years.

September 2004

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