Marisa Merz, installation view of The Sky is a Great Space, 2017.

Marisa Merz

New York

The Met Breuer

“The Sky is a Great Space” emphasized the consistency behind Marisa Merz’s body of work over chronology, starting with the larger-than-life “Living Sculpture” series (1966) at the exhibition entrance. These giant slinky-toy-like aluminum sheets hung from the ceiling in curls, spirals, and amorphous dangling “bodies”–most (excepting a wrapped armchair and a tent-like shape) without antecedent as “forms.” Breath alone could make them sway. Though installed in a spacious setting at the Met Breuer, these same shapes were once jammed together around a television set in the Merz home in Turin (as seen in a photo on the catalogue cover), where one can imagine them moving and bumping into people. …see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.

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