"Plaster Surrogates" (1982/84)

"Plaster Surrogates," 1982/84
Enamel on cast Hydrostone, variable dimensions
Installation view of "Gallery view" at Cash/Newhouse Gallery, New York
Photo by Eric Baum
© Allan McCollum
Courtesy the artist

"In the ’70s I was making the Surrogate Paintings (1978–79). I would show them like stand-ins for paintings, almost like stage props, so that—in my mind—when you walked into the gallery you would recognize that you were playing a role in a social game of what a gallery is."

-Allan McCollum