Haim Steinbach (Fine Arts, Faculty)

ultra red #2, (1986)

 Wood, plastic laminates, four lava lamps, nine enamel pots, and six digital clocks. 67 x 76 x 19 inches (170.2 x 48.3 cm). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Gift, Barbara and Eugene Schwartz. 88.3619.
Photograph by David Heald (c) The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

A curated selection of mass-produced items displayed on a handmade shelf, Steinbach’s wall relief functions as both a commentary on consumer culture and a statement against the fetishization of the art object. According to Art in America, “Steinbach’s greatest achievement is to have invented a poetic and theatrical language of objects with which to speak of modern life and the human condition.”