Maarten Baas - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Exhibited

    Arthur’, Moss, New York, March 3 – April 16, 2011

  • Catalogue Essay

    Maarten Baas debuted his ‘Real Time’ series of videos at the 2009 Salone del Mobile. New video technology made it possible to create films of great length, and Baas used this technology to create 12- hour clock movies that illustrate the passing of time through a combination of theatre, art, film, and design.

    ‘Analog Digital Clock’ presents an iconic digital clock face, with the ‘digital’ numbers in fact systematically erased and redrawn each minute by a person behind a large screen on which the numbers are shown.

    ‘Sweepers Clock’ tracks time passing by the carefully controlled sweeping of debris. Two long rows of trash, representing the minute and hour hands, are pushed along the clock face by two sweepers using brooms. Each of these films loops continuously.

    Works from the ‘Real Time’ series are in the permanent collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Zuiderzee Museum (which commissioned a work for their permanent collection), the Netherlands


‘Analog Digital Clock’ and ‘Sweepers Clock’, from the ‘Real Time’ series

circa 2009
5 1/2 x 4 15/16 x 5/16 in (14 x 12.5 x .8 cm)
Each produced by Baas & den Herder, the Netherlands. Each comprising one 12-hour film on a Blu-Ray DVD. ‘Sweepers Clock’: number 222; ‘Analog Digital Clock’: number 213. Each packaged disc signed and numbered by the artist (2).

$1,200 - 1,800 

Sold for $3,000


16 October 2012
New York