February 1999
Howardena Pindell, untitled #6

  Howardena Pindell
American, born 1943
untitled #6  1975

pen, ink, punched papers on graph paper
Collection Walker Art Center
Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation, 1993

Howardena Pindell, untitled #6

When Howardena Pindell first began to make artworks using dots, she punched holes into paper, then painted through it to make a pattern. Using hundreds of paper dots saved from these other art projects, Pindell made untitled #6 by numbering and gluing dots onto four sheets of graph paper. She formed a pattern with many rows of small circles on the grid, but put the numbers in a mixed-up, random order. From a distance, you can see how the artist divided the work into light and dark sections.

© 1999 Walker Art Center

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