ppn , Chapter 29


Gouache, caseine, oil, serigraphic ink, plaster on wood panel

94.1 x 94.1 x 3.2 cm (37 1/16 x 37 1/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

The fine white stripes of a thin vertical screen reveal the enigmatic gaze of Paul Klee's Angelus Novus, reproduced and centred on the surface of a white panel, framed on its sides by black stripes.

Rebecca H. Quaytman conceived this work from the Carved in Stone, Chapter 29 series during a stay in Israel. Fascinated by Paul Klee's famous watercolour in the Israel Museum in East Jerusalem, the artist immersed herself in reading Gershom Scholem and Walter Benjamin's comments on the work, inspiring this "chapter" designed specifically for exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It reflects her deep interest in breaking down the barriers of painting. She plays on the values of the frame, the superimposition of layers and screens and the confusion of genres between figurative reproduction and abstraction.

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