“Her work can feel utterly urgent and visceral—fraught with emotion,” Jeremy Stick, director at the Nasher Sculpture Center, recently said of the German artist Isa Genzken, “while at other times, objects are rendered with such precision as to seem devoid of human touch.” Genzken’s important minimalist Ellipsoids and Hyperbolos of the 1970s and early 80s—aerodynamic floor sculptures, designed on computer—were the beginning of her lifelong obsession with engineering, both natural and man-made. These works, along with the computer printouts Genzken used to construct them, are the subject of this exhibition. —E.C.
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