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All Most

Phoebe Adams, American, born 1953

Made in North and Central America


Bronze, copper, wood

7 feet 4 inches × 43 inches × 32 1/2 inches (223.5 × 109.2 × 82.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Contemporary Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Purchased with the Julius Bloch Memorial Fund created by Benjamin D. Bernstein, 1989

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A tall, seemingly precariously balanced structure, Phoebe Adams's All Most conveys a sense of tension and instability. A copper tub, filled with a substance that looks like sludge that is oozing downward, perches atop a found apple-picking ladder turned upside down. The position of each part is contingent upon the others, and the sculpture is designed so that visitors-no matter how tall-cannot see the top, thus emphasizing the work's looming impression. In this piece, Adams explores the relationship between the purely physical and the evocative aspects of a work of art.