This and That: Juan Melé & Jean Arp

by Brandon Zech May 26, 2021

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Wooden cutouts


Juan Mele artwork at the MFAH Kinder Building in Houston, Texas

Juan Melé, Coplanar sobre fondo blanco #31 (Coplanar on White Background #31), 1947, Oil on wood. Duker Collection, Pasadena, California

Jean Arp wall sculpture at the Kinder Building at the MFAH in Houston, Texas

Jean Arp, Yellow Constellation, 1953, Painted wood relief. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bequest of Caroline Wiess Law

Read my review of Arp’s 2018 show at the Nasher Sculpture Center here.


No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

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