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Spatio-temporal Composition No. 31

Jeanette M. Smith, MD
JAMA. 2013;309(2):116. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.176132.
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It was with no small amount of anticipation that I descended the stairs to the museum basement into the storage area. In this subterranean world unknown to museum visitors, rows of artworks awaited the day when they too would be solemnly inspected by the squealing, bounding schoolchildren who trooped behind the docents through the galleries above.

The singular nature of the object of my quest required a close examination. Works by Jean Gorin (1899-1981) defy easy categorization, because they may encompass painting, sculpture, and architecture. When at last Spatio-temporal Composition No. 31 (cover) appeared before me in the corner of the storage room, it was a revelatory moment to contemplate the purity and perfection of this multidimensional work.

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Jean Gorin (1899-1981), Spatio-temporal Composition No. 31, 1967, French. Oil on wood. 100 × 100 × 12.5 cm. Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts (http://www.dia.org/), Detroit, Michigan; Founders Society Purchase, Modern Paintings General Fund and Dr and Mrs George Kamperman Fund.



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