ppn, Chapter 29


Silkscreen ink, gesso on wood

101.6 x 62.9 x 2.5 cm (40 x 24 3/4 x 1 in.)

In a mise en abyme, two different-size panels are superimposed on each other by doubling the same motif of a mountain in a black-and-white photographic reproduction framed by a black ring with a light blue border.

Reflecting on the value of the frame as well as the support in painting, this work belongs to a series or "chapter" of the same name, says R.H. Quaytman, who made it during a stay in Israel. She took the picture reproduced twice in the work while crossing the desert. The title refers to the Hebrew term ppn [Haqaq], meaning both to engrave and to legislate, which she found in philosopher and historian Gershom Scholem’s work on Paul Klee's Angelus Novus.

PPN, Chapter 29 was presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the "Luogo e Segni" ("Place and Signs") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana in Venice in 2019.