Sculpture: Everybody's Object

Twenty-nine people wanted fur. But they didn't get it, because 46 people wanted rubber. And they didn't get it, because 49 people wanted aluminum. What everybody got was Hybrid, the consensus objet d'art of 1965. It is the result of what two young British artists, Gerald Laing, 30, and Peter Phillips, 26, called an "art-consumer research project."

Equipped with sample kits, Laing and Phillips began a year ago to interview people from Los Angeles to London, asking what they wished Hybrid, the logical extreme of making art pop, to be. Categories...

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