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The Degrees of Meaning, from Reality and Paradoxes
69.8 x 48 cm (27 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.)
Styria Studio, Inc.
(Japan, 1936 - 2010, New York, NY)
North America, American
Medium and Support:
Color lithograph and screenprint
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Charles and Dorothy Clark, 1977
Drawing on the philosophical writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Arakawa's work explores the relationship between experience and expectation, throwing conventional meaning into question. As a result of these probings Arakawa's works may seem less engaged with contemporary culture. But the logic that his work calls into question is extremely relevant to a modern society that is driven by the continual circulation of mass-reproduced information.