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Untitled (Xmas present)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1981 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mallary, Robert, born 1917 - died 1997 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Computer generated colour plotter drawing on thin, slightly transparent paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case PAT, shelf 2

Robert Mallary (b. 1917-1997) was an American Neo-Dadaist or "Junk Artist", who became well known for his use of urban detritus in his sculptures.
He was also a pioneer in using the computer for his art. Early in his career Mallary came in contact with the famous Mexican muralist Siqueiros and his art and technology ideas. (Mallary studied at the Escuela de Las Artes Del Libro, Mexico City, 1938-39 and at the Academia San Carlos, Mexico City, 1942-43). In 1967 he began to experiment with computer sculpture. For this he developed a computer sculpture program together with other collaborators, called TRAN2.
Robert Mallary considers the computer to be an amplification device for both information and intelligence, which coupled together with human intelligence will surpass either the human or the machine capabilities.

Physical description

Light sensitive plotter drawing on thin paper, depicting a geometric composition made up of differently coloured lines, some of them bending into circles. Signed and dated at bottom right below print. With an accompanying personal letter mounted at the back.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1981 (made)


Mallary, Robert, born 1917 - died 1997 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Computer generated colour plotter drawing on thin, slightly transparent paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Robert Mallary / 12 (?) . 81 '
Inscription below print at bottom right.


Height: 46.6 cm of mount, Width: 34 cm of mount

Descriptive line

Plotter drawing, colour, 'Untitled (Xmas present)', by Robert Mallary, United States, 1981.


Ink; Paper


Plotter drawing; Computer-generated

Subjects depicted

Circles; Geometry


Drawings; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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