code of silence #1


Haim Steinbach ( American, 1944 )

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General Description

Throughout his practice, Haim Steinbach has engaged with concepts of presentation and display and questioned the nature of the object in its social and cultural context. He has developed a unique visual lexicon consisting of already existing objects and texts, which he presents on walls and Minimalist-inspired shelves and in boxes of his design. Employing a radical form of re-contextualization, Steinbach observes the psychological manifestation and physical materiality of objects. code of silence #1 conjures up a string of funereal and orthopedic associations that are unsettling: paralysis, disability, and perhaps death. These threats are emphasized by the work’s title, a phrase that implies that the withholding of important information may lead to harm by an unseen force. Read together, Steinbach’s objects play between references to relation­ships of power and frailty, force and persuasion.

Excerpt from

  • Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 258-259.

Web Resources

  • The Guggenheim
    Learn more about Steinbach's projects and the evolution of his work since the early 1970s.