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Property from the Collection of John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Sold to Benefit the Merce Cunningham Trust
William Anastasi (b. 1933)


William Anastasi (b. 1933)
rusted steel
20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm.)
Executed circa 1970.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
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The artist has confirmed that the correct date of this work is 1963 and was acquired by the present owner circa 1970.

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The conceptual artist William Anastasi, whose career began in the early 1960s, is widely known for playing chess with John Cage almost everyday in the late 1970s. For this unique work given to Merce Cunningham, Anastasi set forth the following instuctions: "Set a rectangular piece of hot-rolled carbon steel level on floor. Pour on it a measure of tap water so that the resulting pond holds its position short of overflow. Each time the water evaporates, repeat."

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