Het Transcendente [The Transcendental]
Cross-overs between various levels of reality – dream, vision, utopia – fascinated many artists during the 1960s and ’70s. Their work reveals an uneasiness with the self-assured and universalist position of what we choose to call ‘the Essential’. Instead the artists of the Transcendental – many of whom belonged to the arte povera (‘poor art’) movement in Italy – created works open to interpretation and doubt and critique. These artists address issues that are relevant to humanity as a whole, but they often did so through individual, subjective, even idiosyncratic gestures. Their ideological identification was anti-authoritarian and deliberately open-ended.
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Zonder titel [Untitled]
René Heyvaert, Zonder titel [Untitled], 1974-1975. Drawing, paper, 42.1 x 33.1 cm.
James Lee Byars, Moonbook (Stonebooks), 1980. Installation, artist book, sandstone in display case, 3.7 x 41.3 x 29.4 cm, 175.5 x 146 x 46 cm.
James Lee Byars, The Worl...
Jef Cornelis, James Lee Byars, The World Question Center, 1969. Film, single-channel video, b/w, sound, 01:02:06.
The Shadow of an Extrater...
James Lee Byars, The Shadow of an Extraterrestrial Man/The Antwerp Giant, 1976. Installation, black tulle, 17 x 245 m.