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Artist:
James Surls, born Terrell, TX 1943  Search this
Medium:
burnt white oak
Dimensions:
approx. 57 1/2 x 39 x 37 in. (146.0 x 99.0 x 94.0 cm.) irregular
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1982
Gallery Label:
Black and White Tipped Flower captures the tornadoes, black earth, and tenacious animal energy of the Piney Woods of southeast Texas. Surls grew up in a house that his father built, and his art comes out of a lifetime of working with hand tools and "making do." He believes that everything he creates is both a self-portrait and an image of the land that shaped him. Flower is scary and comical, an animal-plant-man-creature rising from the thickets and looking for a mate. It calls to mind Surls's goal to be "a hump-backed beast with golden hands," unafraid to tap into the life-force of his home ground for images that tickle and terrify.Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Object\flower  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase and gift in honor of Adelyn Dohme Breeskin from her friends
Object number:
1986.52
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1986.52