The Mattress Factory is an artist-centered museum, international residency program and renowned producer and presenter of installation art. We say “yes” to artists, offering time and space to dream and realize projects in our hometown, Pittsburgh, PA. We invite audiences from around the world and around the corner to step inside, immerse and connect with the artistic process.
We celebrate Mattress Factory alumni William Anastasi who passed away this week at 90.
Anastasi created seven site-specific works at Mattress Factory. Two of these works remain On View at Mattress Factory since the 90's.
William Anastasi is one of the founders of both Conceptual and Minimal Art - relevant works were made before the movements were named. These works, starting in 1961, include Relief and Microphone, among the earliest examples of Conceptual Art.
Between 1963 and 1966, we have Sink - a clear demonstration of entropy - and Issue and Trespass - important forerunners to an entire class of works involving deconstruction. Sink (which combines his Conceptual and Minimal approaches) and En Route, are among the earliest forays into Minimal Art.
Holding that after Duchamp there was no earthly reason why a blind man could not be an artist, his unsighted drawings were also started in 1963. His 1966/67 Six Sites broke the ground for an entire genre of exhibitions under the rubric Site Specific.
Underlying his practice is his sense that the only thing that interests him about taste is that it is always changing.