In 1964, Philip Guston recommended that Betty Parsons take a look at the work of an exciting new artist named William Anastasi recently arrived in Manhattan by way of Philadelphia. He exhibited publicly for the first time in her space and later that year in a solo show at Washington Square Gallery where he displayed cardboard collages and his now legendary Sink floor sculpture. From 1966 to 1970, Anastasi was at the forefront of conceptual art in New York with four landmark exhibitions at the Dwan Gallery. It was during these critical years that his blind drawings, pioneering sound art, in situ paintings and wall displacements debuted. The scope of his influence is hard to understate: Urs Fischer, Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, Eva Hesse, Carl Andre are just a few contemporary artists echoing elements that Anastasi initiated. Currently William Anastasi is represented domestically and abroad at institutions including The MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, and the Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf.
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