Chryssa, American, 1933 - 2013
The Stock Market, 1962
Ink and gouache on paper
35 ½ × 24 ¼ in. (90.2 × 61.6 cm)
Work on paper (Drawing)
Gift of the artist
CA 62015

© The Estate of Chryssa, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens
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The Stock Market features Chryssa’s landmark use of a small portion of a discarded newspaper printing plate that was repeatedly stamped across the sheet to create compositions of subtle repetition and variation. In a 1967 interview, Chryssa said of these works that she “wanted the whole thing to be as equal and as quiet as possible, almost as if it was done with an enormous machine.” For this drawing, she selected a plate that detailed daily financial returns. Detached from their attendant commodities and companies, the values take on an almost absurdist quality in their hand-wrought repetition.