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The Genius of Little Things

September 23, 2008
Untitled, 2003 (styrofoam cups and hot glue)

Untitled, 2003 (styrofoam cups and hot glue)

Tara Donovan, 38, who just won a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, has drawn attention over the last decade for her ability to transform huge quantities of prosaic manufactured materials — plastic-foam cups, pencils, tar paper — into sculptural installations that suggest the wonders of nature. A retrospective opens on Oct. 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston which will include many of the works that made her name, like the series “Bluffs” (2006), which she created by gluing hundreds of thousands of clear shirt buttons together into craggy peaks that recall white coral reefs or stalagmites. (read full article or view more of Tara’s artwork)

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