Haim Steinbach
b. 1944
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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (sneakers)
2013
Wood, plastic laminate and glass box; sneakers
48 1/2  x 36 1/2 x 19 inches; 123.2 x 92.7 x 48.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
mandarin red 2
2008/2012
plastic laminated wood shelf, plastic cauldron, metal and wood cart core, 5 rubber dog chews
46 1/4  x 86 1/2 x 17 inches 117.5 x 219.7 x 43.2 cm
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Haim Steinbach
oxygen
2011
plastic laminated wood shelf; rubber dog chew; vinyl “Sleepwalking Child” by Yoshitomo Nara; vinyl “Munny” figure; vinyl Cheshire Cat figure
40 1/4 x 67 x 19 inches; 102.2 x 170.2 x 48.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Forsythia PLS5/2SB
2010
plastic laminated wood shelf, electronic laser level, plastic "safety boots"
21 3/8 x 43 1/4 x 13 inches; 54.3 x 109.9 x 13 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Rodchenko 1A
2010
plastic laminated wood shelf, 3 plastic "Safety Boots," rubber dog chew
24 1/2 x 41 x 15 1/2 inches; 62.2 x 104.1 x 39.4 cm
signed, dated, and titled on bottom of shelf
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Haim Steinbach
oz
2009
plastic laminated wood shelf; mount rabbit; rubber dog chew
49 3/4 x 29 1/5 x 24 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (emergency sign, shot glasses, dog chews)
2009
plastic laminated wood shelf; plastic emergency sign; glass and metal “Black Bull” shot glass; glass and metal “Black Moose” shot glass; 2 rubber dog chews
48 1/2 x 87 1/2 x 27 inches; 123.2 x 222.3 x 68.6 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Display #66 - P & S
2009
Proenza Schouler accessories, carpet, rubber dog chews, "Poochie Flump String Balls", plastic garlic containers, metal bed frame

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Haim Steinbach
a military theme
2008
plastic laminated wooden platform; dog chews, metal bed frames
74 x 108 x 132 inches; 188 x 274.3 x 335.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
mr. peanut
2008
Plastic laminated wood shelf; rubber dog chew; paper maché, steel “Mr. Peanut” sculpture
57 x 43 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches; 144.8 x 110 x 64.8 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (dog chews, chain, scarecrow) 2
2008
plastic laminated wood shelf; 2 rubber dog chews; plastic chain; plastic owl
43 x 73 x 21 inches; 109.2 x 185.4 x 53.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
it is III-1
2008
plastic laminated wood shelf; “Frosted Flakes” cereal box and 3 rubber dog chews
31 3/4 x 51 x 16 inches; 80.6 x 129.5 x 40.6 cm
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Haim Steinbach
tonkong rubbermaid II-1
2007
plastic laminated wood shelf; 2 plastic and steel Tonka toy trucks; plastic and metal wring bucket; rubber dog chew
69 3/4 x 115 1/2 x 23 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (rock, fruit bowl, duck, root, pumpkins, horseman)
2006
birch plywood, plastic laminate and glass box; quarried rock; Chinese ceramic fruit bowl; Korean ceramic vessel; plastic tree root; plastic Halloween lanterns; Korean ceramic statuette
38 1/2 x 60 x 16 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
River Elmo
2006
birch plywood, plastic laminate and glass box; Korean ceramic vases; plastic modular toy/plastic Halloween lantern; ceramic teapot; wax candle; paper hat
42 x 47 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (rocks, bird)
2006
MDF shelf; rocks; Korean ceramic inker
13 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 14 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #55 - North East South West
2000
dimensions variable

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (baby)
2004
wood, plastic laminate and glass box; ceramic baby
51 x 36 x 17 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (insoles, corks)
1997
MDF compound shelf; foam insoles; corks
19 x 49 x 15 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (breast mugs, Marilyn guitar) I-2
1990
plastic laminated wood shelf; painted wood, plastic and metal electric guitar; 8 ceramic breast mugs
74 1/2 x 54 1/4 x 29 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (daybed, coffin)
1989
walnut veneered wood box: steel, leather Mies van der Rohe daybed; wood coffin; paper mache skeleton
69 3/8 x 101 1/2 x 82 1/8 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (daybed, coffin)
1989
walnut veneered wood box: steel, leather Mies van der Rohe daybed; wood coffin; paper mache skeleton
69 3/8 x 101 1/2 x 82 1/8 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #23 - Adirondack tableau
1988
Adirondack wood boards; wood furniture; hand carved, painted wood American Owls
108 x 264 x 66 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #23 - Adirondack tableau
1988
Adirondack wood boards; wood furniture; hand carved, painted wood American Owls
108 x 264 x 66 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (elephant footstools, elephant skull) - part 1
1988
plastic laminated wood shelf: elephant skull, hollowed elephant feet, zebra hide
44 x 128 x 23 1/4 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (elephant footstools, elephant skull) - part 2
1988
plastic laminated wood shelf: elephant skull, hollowed elephant feet, zebra hide
88 1/2 x 43 x 41 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Capri suite #1
1987
chrome laminated wood shelf ; plastic, glass and metal wave machines; glass vase
38 1/2 x 76 x 19 inches

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Haim Steinbach
un-color becomes alter ego
1984
plastic laminated wood shelf with radio-cassette player and latex masks
31 1/2 x 65 x 16 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
you dont see it, do you
1994
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #30 - An Offering - Collectibles of Jan Hoet
1992
wood, neon lights, objects from Collection of Jan Hoet
92 1/2 x 127 1/8 x 127 1/8 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
yo
1991
text in matte black latex paint, or vinyl letters applied onto the wall
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
on vend du vent
1988
text in matte black latex paint, or vinyl letters applied onto the wall
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
charm of tradition
1985
plastic laminated wood shelf; cotton, rubber, nylon, and leather athletic shoes; polyester, plastic, metal and deer hooves lamp
38 x 58 x 15 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Shelf with Coach
1983
wood, paint and ornamental fragments with metal coach
33 x 20 x 15 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Shelf with Nurse
1983
Painted wood shelf; folk art statuette
35 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #11 - Mock up for Tim's bedroom
1980
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #7
1980
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #7
1980
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (sneakers)
2013
Wood, plastic laminate and glass box; sneakers
48 1/2  x 36 1/2 x 19 inches; 123.2 x 92.7 x 48.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
mandarin red 2
2008/2012
plastic laminated wood shelf, plastic cauldron, metal and wood cart core, 5 rubber dog chews
46 1/4  x 86 1/2 x 17 inches 117.5 x 219.7 x 43.2 cm
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Haim Steinbach
oxygen
2011
plastic laminated wood shelf; rubber dog chew; vinyl “Sleepwalking Child” by Yoshitomo Nara; vinyl “Munny” figure; vinyl Cheshire Cat figure
40 1/4 x 67 x 19 inches; 102.2 x 170.2 x 48.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Forsythia PLS5/2SB
2010
plastic laminated wood shelf, electronic laser level, plastic "safety boots"
21 3/8 x 43 1/4 x 13 inches; 54.3 x 109.9 x 13 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Rodchenko 1A
2010
plastic laminated wood shelf, 3 plastic "Safety Boots," rubber dog chew
24 1/2 x 41 x 15 1/2 inches; 62.2 x 104.1 x 39.4 cm
signed, dated, and titled on bottom of shelf
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Haim Steinbach
oz
2009
plastic laminated wood shelf; mount rabbit; rubber dog chew
49 3/4 x 29 1/5 x 24 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (emergency sign, shot glasses, dog chews)
2009
plastic laminated wood shelf; plastic emergency sign; glass and metal “Black Bull” shot glass; glass and metal “Black Moose” shot glass; 2 rubber dog chews
48 1/2 x 87 1/2 x 27 inches; 123.2 x 222.3 x 68.6 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Display #66 - P & S
2009
Proenza Schouler accessories, carpet, rubber dog chews, "Poochie Flump String Balls", plastic garlic containers, metal bed frame

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Haim Steinbach
a military theme
2008
plastic laminated wooden platform; dog chews, metal bed frames
74 x 108 x 132 inches; 188 x 274.3 x 335.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
mr. peanut
2008
Plastic laminated wood shelf; rubber dog chew; paper maché, steel “Mr. Peanut” sculpture
57 x 43 1/4 x 25 1/2 inches; 144.8 x 110 x 64.8 cm
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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (dog chews, chain, scarecrow) 2
2008
plastic laminated wood shelf; 2 rubber dog chews; plastic chain; plastic owl
43 x 73 x 21 inches; 109.2 x 185.4 x 53.3 cm
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Haim Steinbach
it is III-1
2008
plastic laminated wood shelf; “Frosted Flakes” cereal box and 3 rubber dog chews
31 3/4 x 51 x 16 inches; 80.6 x 129.5 x 40.6 cm
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Haim Steinbach
tonkong rubbermaid II-1
2007
plastic laminated wood shelf; 2 plastic and steel Tonka toy trucks; plastic and metal wring bucket; rubber dog chew
69 3/4 x 115 1/2 x 23 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (rock, fruit bowl, duck, root, pumpkins, horseman)
2006
birch plywood, plastic laminate and glass box; quarried rock; Chinese ceramic fruit bowl; Korean ceramic vessel; plastic tree root; plastic Halloween lanterns; Korean ceramic statuette
38 1/2 x 60 x 16 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
River Elmo
2006
birch plywood, plastic laminate and glass box; Korean ceramic vases; plastic modular toy/plastic Halloween lantern; ceramic teapot; wax candle; paper hat
42 x 47 5/8 x 14 3/4 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (rocks, bird)
2006
MDF shelf; rocks; Korean ceramic inker
13 1/2 x 53 1/2 x 14 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #55 - North East South West
2000
dimensions variable

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (baby)
2004
wood, plastic laminate and glass box; ceramic baby
51 x 36 x 17 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (insoles, corks)
1997
MDF compound shelf; foam insoles; corks
19 x 49 x 15 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (breast mugs, Marilyn guitar) I-2
1990
plastic laminated wood shelf; painted wood, plastic and metal electric guitar; 8 ceramic breast mugs
74 1/2 x 54 1/4 x 29 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (daybed, coffin)
1989
walnut veneered wood box: steel, leather Mies van der Rohe daybed; wood coffin; paper mache skeleton
69 3/8 x 101 1/2 x 82 1/8 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (daybed, coffin)
1989
walnut veneered wood box: steel, leather Mies van der Rohe daybed; wood coffin; paper mache skeleton
69 3/8 x 101 1/2 x 82 1/8 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #23 - Adirondack tableau
1988
Adirondack wood boards; wood furniture; hand carved, painted wood American Owls
108 x 264 x 66 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Display #23 - Adirondack tableau
1988
Adirondack wood boards; wood furniture; hand carved, painted wood American Owls
108 x 264 x 66 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (elephant footstools, elephant skull) - part 1
1988
plastic laminated wood shelf: elephant skull, hollowed elephant feet, zebra hide
44 x 128 x 23 1/4 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Untitled (elephant footstools, elephant skull) - part 2
1988
plastic laminated wood shelf: elephant skull, hollowed elephant feet, zebra hide
88 1/2 x 43 x 41 1/2 inches

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Haim Steinbach
Capri suite #1
1987
chrome laminated wood shelf ; plastic, glass and metal wave machines; glass vase
38 1/2 x 76 x 19 inches

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Haim Steinbach
un-color becomes alter ego
1984
plastic laminated wood shelf with radio-cassette player and latex masks
31 1/2 x 65 x 16 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
you dont see it, do you
1994
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #30 - An Offering - Collectibles of Jan Hoet
1992
wood, neon lights, objects from Collection of Jan Hoet
92 1/2 x 127 1/8 x 127 1/8 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
yo
1991
text in matte black latex paint, or vinyl letters applied onto the wall
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
on vend du vent
1988
text in matte black latex paint, or vinyl letters applied onto the wall
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
charm of tradition
1985
plastic laminated wood shelf; cotton, rubber, nylon, and leather athletic shoes; polyester, plastic, metal and deer hooves lamp
38 x 58 x 15 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Shelf with Coach
1983
wood, paint and ornamental fragments with metal coach
33 x 20 x 15 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Shelf with Nurse
1983
Painted wood shelf; folk art statuette
35 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #11 - Mock up for Tim's bedroom
1980
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #7
1980
dimensions variable
 

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Haim Steinbach
Display #7
1980
dimensions variable
 

Biography

For more than four decades, Haim Steinbach has explored the psychological, aesthetic, cultural and ritualistic aspects of collecting and arranging already existing objects. His work engages the concept of “display” as a form that foregrounds objects, raising consciousness of the play of presentation. Steinbach selects and arranges objects – which range from the natural to the ordinary, the artistic to the ethnographic – thereby emphasizing their identities, inherent meanings and associations. An important influence in the growth of post-modern artistic dialogue, Steinbach’s work has radically redefined the status of the object in art.
 

Born in Rehovot, Israel in 1944, Haim Steinbach has lived in the United States since 1957. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he received a BFA from Pratt Institute in 1968, followed by an MFA from Yale University in Connecticut in 1973.
 

Throughout his career, Steinbach has exhibited his work consistently at major museums worldwide. In 2013, the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in New York presented an important solo exhibition of the artist’s work since the early 1970’s, entitled once again the world is flat, which traveled to Kunsthalle Zurich and Serpentine Gallery, London. Other notable solo presentations include The Menil Collection, Houston (2014), Statens Museum fur Kunst in Copenhagen (2013-14), Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley (2005), Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna (1997), CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux (1988), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy (1995), Kunsthalle Ritter in Austria (1994), Osmosis at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (with Ettore Spalletti) and no rocks allowed at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (1992). In 1999, his work was presented at the Venice Biennale as part of the 47th International Art Exhibition curated by Germano Celant.

Steinbach’s work has also been included in important group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Tate Liverpool, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Serpentine Gallery in London, New Museum in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Musée Rodin in Paris, Scottsdale Museum of Art in Arizona and the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
 

The artist’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Exhibitions
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21 April - 27 May 2016
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A group exhibition curated by Andria Hickey
1 - 31 July 2015
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ADAA Art Show
Park Avenue Armory, New York
4 - 8 March 2015
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Work From the 1990s
12 June - 1 August 2014
Talks
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Haim Steinbach's lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Institue of Fine Arts, New York University
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Publications