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Vézelay began what she called ‘Investigations into Three Dimensions: Pictures of stretched threads and strings’ in Paris in 1935. Even in the context of the international avant-garde scene they were a radical departure from orthodox painting. Vézelay later complicated the geometry by introducing curved wire, as seen here. ‘Was there any reason’, she wrote, ‘why artists should continue to confine Living Lines to a two-dimensional surface while ordinary lines outside the Realm of Art enjoyed freedom in Space?’

January 2016