Sans titre, 1990
Affiches lacérées sur panneau d‘affichage / Torn posters on billboard
300.0 x 400.0 cm
Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
© Succession Raymond Hains
© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
In the early 1960s, Hains reinvented his approach by bringing equal attention to the supports on which these reclaimed objects appear; exposing first the colorful wood fencing itself, then the fine galvanized sheet metal.
The emblematic Untitled (1990) is one of a set of monumental works created from metallic billboards found on the streets of Nice. Here, the motifs— images and text—have almost entirely disappeared, leaving only the pure grey metal visible. The architectural element thus becomes the very object of the composition, as form and substance blend.