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New addition to deCordova collection

Artist Dan Graham’s “Crazy Spheroid - Two Entrances.’’ Artist Dan Graham’s “Crazy Spheroid - Two Entrances.’’ (Decordova Sculpture Park And Museum)
By James H. Burnett III
Globe Staff / October 4, 2011

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The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln has acquired artist Dan Graham’s latest creation, a sculpture some might call a takeoff on the old carnival funhouse mirrors.

“Crazy Spheroid - Two Entrances’’ is a half-moon-shaped glass and steel construction with two-way mirrors. It allows visitors to walk inside the two-chamber sphere through separate rectangular doorway-shaped entrances and observe in the mirrors their own movements, the silhouettes of the folks on the other side of the mirrors (in the other chamber), and the distorted reflections of activity taking place outside the spheroid.

Nick Capasso, deputy director for Curatorial Affairs at the deCordova, noted in a statement that the Graham sculpture was the fourth major piece the museum has been able to acquire recently to boost its collection, thanks to its robust Hamilton R. James Sculpture Park Acquisition Fund.

“The acquisition of Dan Graham’s ‘Crazy Spheroid - Two Entrances’ is of immense importance to our permanent collection of outdoor sculpture. To date, most of these works are art historically significant abstract or figurative sculptures. ‘Crazy Spheroid’ rounds out this collection with a sculpture informed by architecture, a vital current in contemporary art,’’ his statement continued.

Graham has made a name building artistic structures, often with glass and mirrors, for 30 years. He has shown work in four Documenta exhibitions in Kassel, Germany, and three Biennials in Venice. A 2009 retrospective of his work traveled from The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis.

The artist will give a lecture about “Crazy Spheroid - Two Entrances’’ on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at MassArt.

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