In Oliveira's final print, the torso — supported from below — resembles an early Greek or Roman statue. But in the working proof, the torso is suspended from a common hanger that the artist drew onto the paper with a pen. Hanging, the form reads less like a substantial marble and more like a dancer’s gauzy leotard. Oliveira ultimately decided against adding the hanger — if, indeed, he ever seriously considered it — shifting the tone of the work from highly whimsical to highbrow.
Nathan Oliveira at work at Crown Point
Press, photograph by Kathan Brown,
Courtesy Crown Point Press
"Yes, No, Maybe: The Art of Making
Decisions," lecture by exhibition curators Judith Brodie and Adam Greenhalgh (audio)
Julie Mehretu, artist, in conversation with curator Judith Brodie, Diamonstein-Spielvogel lecture (audio)
"An Insider's Perspective," lecture by Kathan Brown, founder of Crown Point Press (audio)