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"Raume Yellow" - Anne Lindberg

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

For the Nerman's Museum Interrupted, which opened at the end of October 2010 and ushered in the winter, Anne Lindberg, Rachel Hayes and Miles Neidinger each had two weeks and a single gallery to make a new work. Neidinger's "Everything We See Is Never Enough" addressed consumerism with a city dump's worth of plastic straws and other detritus curled into something invitingly kinetic but frighteningly chaotic. Hayes put up a 17-foot fabric-and-light demonstration of her gift for symbolism. And Lindberg installed "Raume Yellow," made from 24 miles — miles — of cotton thread. However you translate the German word raume — it amounts to a kind of space, maybe a small area or maybe the whole universe — the 9,000 strands looked at once overwhelming and minute. It defined the three-person show and also transcended meaning. It was densely realized art that seemed to have materialized fully formed — a bright but brief lesson in what permanence should look like (and what color it might be).

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