Haim Steinbach

(b. 1944)

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(1944– )

American sculptor. Born in Rechovot, Palestine, he moved with his family to New York in 1957. He is associated with the Neo-Geo school, his work involving the appropriation of everyday consumer objects, usually arrayed on a shelf. For instance, in UltraRed # 2 (1986, Guggenheim Museum, New York), lava lamps are juxtaposed with a tower of red pots and a group of digital clocks with bright red LED displays: strictly utilitarian objects are combined with those which suggest ‘a druggy form of leisure’ (Joselit), yet they are united by the same brilliant red colour. Steinbach is concerned not just with the appearance of the objects but with their role as indicators of status. In the 1992 documenta he made a work out of the possessions of the exhibition's director.

Subjects: Art.

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