Craig Kauffman (American, 1932-2010)
Acrylic on formed plexiglas 
71-7/8 x 50-3/8 x 8-7/8 in. (182.6 x 128.0 x 22.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist 
Accession Number:
© Estate of Craig Kauffman 
Not on View

Using plastic as his medium of choice, Craig Kauffman was the first to employ a vacuum-forming process that subtly molded this otherwise rigid industrial material. As with several of his Southern California–based colleagues represented in this gallery, he used light to engage the expectations of perception that he found to be critical in looking at sculpture. Untitled’s floating presence and subtle gradations of color project shadows and hues onto the wall, and as a result, much like the effect of Robert Irwin’s discs, this work is difficult to distinguish from its surrounding architecture. Not incidentally, the original title for Kauffman’s series of hanging works was Le mur s’en va, or “The wall goes away,” an explicit reference to the perceptual play between sculpture and the space it occupies.


Craig Kauffman, gift 1969 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1969-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.

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