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In the 60s, William Tucker was one of a generation of young artists who aimed to re-define the boundaries of modern art. Tucker wanted to free his sculptures from traditional expectations about art, so his works don't represent identifiable objects.

Beulah I shows how Tucker pares down sculpture to its most basic elements. This art work doesn't refer to anything recognizable. It doesn't even resemble any identifiable abstract concept, such as a geometric form. What's more, the sculpture's lack of symmetry and structure makes it virtually impossible for you to tell whether there is even a frontal viewing point. Instead it requires you to move around it physically, and explore it from different angles.