Two Hours with Crayon and Graphite on Paper
signed, inscribed and dated '10-19-96 NYC W. Anastasi' (on the reverse)
crayon and graphite on paper
52 x 92 in. (132 x 233.6 cm.)
Drawn in 1996.

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
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Lot Essay

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone, the philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted. William Anastasi is acutely aware of this idea and approached his subway drawings and other meditative works from the 1960s onward with this concept in mind. In 1987, the artist spent exactly two hours drawing on a sheet of paper measuring over 7 feet wide with a bright yellow crayon. The result is titled, Two Hours with Crayon and Graphite on Paper, and is an expansive work invoking chance relationships and eschewing overt intentionality. Anastasi, a friend and fan of the late composer John Cage, once said, "All art is conceptual." With this timed drawing, we witness Anastasi's serendipitous homage to meditative states and freedom of movement.

Read an interview with William Anastasi about Two Hours with Crayon and Graphite on Paper.

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