- Gallery Text
By the time he made Analogia I, Victor Grippo had emerged as one of Latin America’s most influential conceptual artists, employing everyday materials and encouraging the viewer to carefully study — and occasionally touch — his sculptures. This work embodies concerns that were central to the artist: forty potatoes are carefully placed like specimens in a gridded container, and all are connected to electrodes that emit charges registered by the meter at the center. At once humorous and melancholy, the work reflects Grippo’s interest in alchemy as well as his lifelong concern with energy — its potential and measurement. The lowly potato, indigenous to Latin America, here serves as a source of nutritional or electrical energy, and symbolizes the people whose collective power is controlled by the authoritarian state.
- Identification and Creation
Level 1, Room 1100, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Sixties Experiment/Multiple Strategies
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- Physical Descriptions
- electric circuits, electric meter and switch, potatoes, ink, paper, paint and wood
- 47 x 156.2 x 10.3 cm (18 1/2 x 61 1/2 x 4 1/16 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- Signed: On verso in black ink: GRIPPO ANALOGY ' "I" 1971-71
- [Alexander and Bonin, New York, New York], sold; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2010.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund and gift of Leslie Cheek, Jr.
- © The Estate of Victor Grippo
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Modern and Contemporary Art
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- Publication History
Guy Brett, Material and Consciousness: Grippo's Vision (2006), pp. 1-13
- Exhibition History
Re-View: European and American Art Since 1900, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/03/2011 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 1100 60’s Experiment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 01/01/2050
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