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Inside the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

The Challenge of a Straight Line

January 1, 2018

This video was produced on the occasion of the exhibition at the Getty Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Pia Gottschaller, from the Getty Conservation Institute, explains the challenge that Concrete artists from Brazil and Argentina faced in making the perfectly straight lines that characterize their work. Three main methods—straight edge, ruling pen, and self-adhesive tape—all leave tell-tale traces, observable through microscopy or even by the naked eye.