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5 Discussions in the Years 1976 to 1994, at Greenwich Street, New York City, 1976–1994

A work made of five certificates signed by robert ryman and ian wilson and signed title sheet.

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  • A work made of five certificates signed by robert ryman and ian wilson and signed title sheet.

Date:

1976/94

Artist:

Ian Wilson
American, born South Africa, 1940-2020

About this artwork

Ian Wilson has long focused on spoken dialogue as his artistic practice. “All art is information and
communication,” he once explained. “I present oral communication as an object… . I’ve chosen to speak rather than sculpt.” In 1968 Wilson began making work from the fleeting medium of conversation by staging series of verbal engagements over time with friends or other artists. These “Discussions”—which tend to start with an open-ended philosophical question—are meant to exist in the moment of dialogue only, with certificates like the ones installed here serving as the sole records. 5 Discussions in the Years 1976 to 1994, at Greenwich Street, New York City marks each occasion of a decades-spanning dialogue between Wilson and the American abstract painter Robert Ryman.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Ian Wilson

Title

5 Discussions in the Years 1976 to 1994, at Greenwich Street, New York City, 1976–1994

Date

1976–1994

Medium

Five certificates signed by Robert Ryman and Ian Wilson and signed title sheet

Dimensions

28 × 21.6 cm (11 × 8 ½ in.), each sheet

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Solomon B. Smith; restricted gifts of Selman and Suzanne Selvi, Raymond Verbouwens, and Sylvie Winkler

Reference Number

2013.1158

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