At the opening, this was also evident in a reprise of the 2011 performance Counter-relief
(CCS Bard), with dancer Maria Hassabi.
Confronting the rift between vitalistic-spiritual suprematism in painting and mechanistic-materialist constructivism in 'objects', Spira shows uncommon concern with the iconic on Tatlin's part, with a classic Corner Counter-Relief
as 'counter' to Malevich's hanging of his first Black Square across the corner of the exhibition gallery in 1915, famously like an icon in the privileged 'red corner' of an Orthodox household (no mention of the ensuing fistfight, however).
This accompanied what remains for me the most moving (and underestimated) work of her early period: the series of reliefs called "Casulo" (Cocoon) and "Contra-relevo" (Counter-relief
, in homage to Tatlin), both 1959, in which she translated the instability of Albers's spaces into the real, phenomenal field of our senses.