Nara and Lanna

Don Gummer (American, 1946-)

Currently on View in W404
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Don Gummer’s architectonic wall relief consists of a complex rhythmic patterning of painted wooden elements. Characteristic of Gummer’s reliefs, Nara and Lanna is situated between painting and sculpture and alludes to architectural renderings or mathematical equations.

In 1978, Gummer traveled throughout Asia with funding provided by grants through the National Endowment for the Arts and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. During his time in Nara, Japan, Gummer became influenced by Japanese architecture and decoration, in particular the structure of traditional folding screens and patterning of Tatami floor mats. After being injured in a motorcycle accident, Gummer was briefly hospitalized at Lanna Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he drew the initial sketches for Nara and Lanna. This relief was assembled shortly after Gummer’s return to New York later that year.

Harvey and Ruth Wagner Collection through (PaceWildenstein, New York, New York); given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009 (TR11026A-B).

Object Information

Don Gummer (American, 1946-)
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painted wood
A) 24-1/16 x 85-3/16 x 8-3/8 in.
B) 24-1/8 x 85-7/16 x 8-3/8 in.
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Gift of Harvey & Ruth Wagner
© Don Gummer
Contemporary Art

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