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The Stämpfli Foundation

Town & Country no. 2, 1972

<p>Peter St&auml;mpfli, <em>Town &amp; Country no. 2</em>, 1972, oil on shaped canvas</p>

Peter Stämpfli, Town & Country no. 2, 1972, oil on shaped canvas

The tendency in the 1960s and 70s to cut out the canvas and stretch it over a frame with the same shape as the image, thus separating the space of the spectator and coming out of the wall in an almost sacralised size, could remind us of a temple apse or an altar. We might then recall the role a tyre has in our society, as an object that enters into contact with the same ground humans walk upon. These works are part of a movement that arose in the late 1960s, narrative figuration, a variation of New Realism and Pop taking place in England and, later on, the United States.

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