Spine on its Side

Spine on its Side

Artist: 
Rosemarie Castoro
Year:  
1970
Technical specifications: 
Gesso, modeling paste, and graphite on Masonite
Dimmensions: 
213,36 x 457,2 x 116,84 cm
Date of acquisition: 
3 September 2018

 

In 1970, Castoro developed independent panels that occupied the viewer's space. The surfaces were created from plaster applied with a broom, which were then covered with graphite shading so that the works would combine painting, sculpture and drawing.

Castoro's statement 'my panels are those of my container' makes clear its relationship with the body. These are further reinforced as adjustments for the body by the numerous photographs he took and pasted in his diaries, which show Castoro adopting dance poses within her works or acting with suspended strings in front of them.

Independent panels were exhibited in 1971 at the first individual exhibition of the Castoro Gallery, held at Tibor de Nagy, New York. A year later, she exhibited a second series together with reliefs of isolated brushstrokes. The independent panels reach an almost architectural scale and character, while, maintaining an origin in the painting, they approach their work to that of minimalist sculpture.