Collection Artwork
Ann Pibal (born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1969)
acrylic on aluminum
panel size: 60 x 45 in.
Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds

Object Label

Ann Pibal’s geometric paintings may initially appear the result of a carefully pre-determined design, but improvisation plays a large role in her process. Drawing on the history of painting, design, and architecture, Pibal has experimented with geometric abstraction since the late 1990s, never repeating a single image, in order to build “an index of possible solutions, rather than an iconic ‘answer.’” For her titles she chooses sequences of uppercase consonants that do not coalesce into words. As enigmatic and open-ended as her images, they allow for numerous resolutions.

From the exhibition: One Work (January 25 – June 1, 2014)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
Pattern by Abby Fuess ’18
Inspired by the exhibition Other Side: Art, Object, Self
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.