A detail view of a stainless steel and urethane paint sculpture by Carol Bove, titled Tragic Deviousness, dated 2020.
Carol Bove
A still from a video by Sara Magenheimer of Carol Bove in her studio.

Carol Bove, 2020. Still from a video by Sara Magenheimer

Carol Bove, 2020. Still from a video by Sara Magenheimer

This new work from Carol Bove (b. 1971) is part of her ongoing series of “collage sculptures,” composed of crushed and manipulated steel tubing, scrap metal, and, often, a smooth steel disk. The works push the limits of steel’s physicality—and test our perceptions of material.

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A stainless steel and urethane paint sculpture by Carol Bove, titled Tragic Deviousness, dated 2020.

Carol Bove

Tragic Deviousness, 2020
Stainless steel and urethane paint
37 1/4 x 63 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches 
94.6 x 161.9 x 100.3 cm 

“I went to a Louise Nevelson exhibition several years ago at the de Young Museum. They had tons of the black work, white work, and a bunch of gold work... but the black work is a completely different thing. It’s not wood anymore. It’s a paranormal object, from a different dimension, a mental object. I noticed then how paint can create the illusion of material transformation. It has a little to do with the matte-ness, but there’s also something about the color.” —⁠Carol Bove

Installation view of the exhibition, Carol Bove and John Chamberlain: Converse, at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, dated 2019.

Installation view, Carol Bove and John Chamberlain: Converse, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2019

Installation view, Carol Bove and John Chamberlain: Converse, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2019

Installation view of the exhibition, 57th Venice Biennale: Women of Venice, at the Swiss Pavilion, Venice, dated 2017.

Installation view, 57th Venice Biennale: Women of Venice, Swiss Pavilion, Venice, 2017

Installation view, 57th Venice Biennale: Women of Venice, Swiss Pavilion, Venice, 2017

Installation view of the exhibition, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times, at the Central Pavilion, Venice, dated 2019.

Installation view, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times, Arsenale, Venice, 2019

Installation view, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times, Arsenale, Venice, 2019

Installation view of the exhibition, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times, Arsenale, Venice, dated 2019.

Installation view, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times, Central Pavilion, Venice, 2019

Installation view, 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live in Interesting Times, Central Pavilion, Venice, 2019

Installation view of the exhibition, Carol Bove: Polka Dots, at David Zwirner, New York, dated 2016.

Installation view, Carol Bove: Polka Dots, David Zwirner, New York, 2016

Installation view, Carol Bove: Polka Dots, David Zwirner, New York, 2016

A detail view of a stainless steel and urethane paint sculpture by Carol Bove, titled Tragic Deviousness, dated 2020.

Carol Bove, Tragic Deviousness, 2020 (detail)

Carol Bove, Tragic Deviousness, 2020 (detail)

“I don’t see figure and ground as being separable. So I don’t really see other artists and myself as being separable. I am only my influences. I’m always incorporating streams of influence from wherever they come, as an unstable phenomenon.” —⁠Carol Bove
A detail view of a stainless steel and urethane paint sculpture by Carol Bove, titled Tragic Deviousness, dated 2020.

Carol Bove, Tragic Deviousness, 2020 (detail)

Carol Bove, Tragic Deviousness, 2020 (detail)


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