Subway Drawing, 4.3.11

William Anastasi

11.5" H x 7.5" W




Inventory Number ANW001

Size 11.5" H x 7.5" W

Material Colored Pencil on Paper

Period Contemporary

Country of Origin United States

Year Made 2011

Status Available

Anastasi has been creating his unsighted works and "Subway Drawings," such as this one, for decades, separating artistic creation from conscious thought and allowing various environments to influence the physical action of creation. In the late 1970s, Anastasi reinvestigated his Subway Drawings of the early 1960s while riding on the subway to and from daily chess games with FCA co-founder John Cage. In these drawings Anastasi surrendered to the movement of the train to transform lines onto paper. As Cage once said of Anastasi's work, “It's not psychological; it's physical."

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