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    • Sarcophagus of a consul(?), from Acilia, Italy.

    • Sarcophagus of a consul(?), from Acilia, Italy.

    • Sculpture; Sarcophagi; Coffins; Containers; Monuments & memorials; Ceremonial objects; Parades & processions; Rites & ceremonies; Men; Women; Boys; Youth; Teenagers; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Headbands (Headgear); Headgear;...

    • “One of the finest – and most controversial – works of third-century relief sculpture is the fragmentary sarcophagus found at Acilia, near Rome. It is an example of a later form of Roman coffin that art historians call the lenos (bathtub)...
    • Still Life with Chair Caning.

    • Still Life with Chair Caning.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Still life paintings; Still lifes; Collages; Mixed media; Chairs; Furniture; Seating furniture; Wicker furniture; Textures; Ropes; Borders (Ornament areas)

    • Oil and pasted oilcloth on canvas, surrounded with rope; "Eager to recover other aspects of reality - positive color and texture, for instance - and increase the legibility of his pictures, without resorting to the outmoded conventions of...
    • Untitled Film Still, No. 6.

    • Untitled Film Still, No. 6.

    • Photographs; Film stills; Motion pictures; Feminism; Symbols; Women; Artists; Photographers; Actors; Costumes; Fictitious characters; Daydreaming; Posing; Gestures; Leisure; Clothing & dress; Robes; Lingerie; Underwear; Mirrors; Bedsheets

    • Edition of 10. "Sherman poses as a woman daydreaming. She holds a mirror, a clichéd symbol of vanity, in one hand. Momentarily her blank stare triggers a disturbing 'double-take'. She becomes a victim of crime in a police photograph, 'killed'...
    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Metamorphosis of Narcissus.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Fantasy; Optical illusions; Allusions; Symbols; Myths; Sex; Fear; Love; Self-interest; Poetry; Women; Men; Nudes; Gays; Dancers; Dance; Backs (Anatomy); Pedestals; Body parts; Hands; Fingers; Eggs; Landscapes...

    • "This is the painting Dali took to show Freud in London. It belonged formerly to Edward James." (Caption); "At Zürs […] Dali embarked on a new experiment: the composition, in French, of a 'paranoaic' poem, The Myth of Narcissus,...
    • Parallel of Life & Art.

    • Parallel of Life & Art.

    • Exhibitions; Art exhibitions; Photographs; Reproductions; Art objects; Art; Photojournalism; Science; Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Architecture; Interiors; Walls; Ceilings; Architectural elements; Windows; Draperies

    • Photograph of exhibition installation, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), London, September-October 1953; "In this early Independent Group exhibition photographs of varying sizes were attached to the gallery walls. Others were suspended by...
    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Agriculture; Agricultural productivity; Croplands; Farms; Farming; Economics; Economic & social conditions; Landscapes (Representations); Villages; Coastlines; Animals

    • "Bojewyan is a small village near St. Just in Cornwall, England. At the time of the painting local farmsteads were falling empty because they were uneconomic. Lanyon saw this as a serious threat to the region. His painting contains hints of a...
    • Red Room (Child), installation.

    • Red Room (Child), installation.

    • Sculpture; Rooms & spaces; Interiors; Fantasy; Allusions; Children; Families; Symbols; Colors; Thread; Glassware; Lanterns; Light fixtures; Lamps; Animals; Heads (Anatomy); Hourglasses; Shelving; Furniture; Pedestals

    • "The color red, connotative of intense passion, predominated in the two cramped spaces forming this installation. One important theme here was regressive psychological fantasy. But there was also a sense that ancient knowledge was being...
    • Red Room (Child), installation, detail.

    • Red Room (Child), installation, detail.

    • Sculpture; Rooms & spaces; Interiors; Fantasy; Allusions; Children; Families; Symbols; Colors; Thread; Glassware; Pedestals; Details

    • "The color red, connotative of intense passion, predominated in the two cramped spaces forming this installation. One important theme here was regressive psychological fantasy. But there was also a sense that ancient knowledge was being...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Sculpture; Abstract sculpture; Abstract works; Boxes; Geometry

    • "Judd's industrially manufactured, modular pieces, developed from 1966 onwards, were stubbornly empirical investigations of specific materials and visual effects. He shunned mystification and openly declared the nature of his structures. The...
    • Five Car Stud.

    • Five Car Stud.

    • Sculpture; Tableaux; Night; Violence; Terrorism; Punishment & torture; Race discrimination; Discrimination; Race relations; Racism; Social aspects; Interpersonal relations; Social justice; Social values; Minorities; Ethnic groups; Men; Women;...

    • Tableau: cars, plaster casts, guns, rope, masks, chainsaw, clothing, oil pan with water and plastic letters, paint, polyester resin, styrofoam rocks, and dirt; "Ruthlessly forgoing aesthetic or metaphorical niceties, Keinholz's grotesquely...
    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Allusions; Death; Disasters; Tragedies; Accidents; Automobiles; Vehicles; Dead persons; Wounds & injuries; Voyeurism; Social aspects; Social classes

    • "The use of serial repetition here, as in other early Warhol works, relates interestingly to Minimalist uses of repetition. The reciprocally ironic relation between Warhol and the Minimalists came to a head in 1964. Warhol exhibited a series...
    • Italia d'oro (Golden Italy).

    • Italia d'oro (Golden Italy).

    • Sculpture; Metalwork; Maps; Industrialization; Industry; Economic & social conditions; Social aspects; Industrial arbitration; Social classes; Wealth; Poverty; Economic & industrial aspects

    • "Fabro made his first sculpture in the Italia series in 1968. Dozens of variations followed in subsequent years. Another theme established in 1968 was that of 'Feet'. This involved the artist in producing a series of bizarre sculptural...
    • The Discussion, detail.

    • The Discussion, detail.

    • Paintings; Discussion; Debates; Politics & government; Political issues; Political parties; Men; Artists; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Coats; Cigarettes; Details

    • "According to the artist this painting depicted an 'ideological discussion'. As such it evokes the stormy realist-abstraction debates, and allied political differences, among artists in Italy after the Second World War. Stylistically, the work...
    • The Discussion.

    • The Discussion.

    • Paintings; Discussion; Debates; Politics & government; Political issues; Political parties; Men; Artists; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Coats; Backs (Anatomy); Eyeglasses; Sitting; Cigarettes; Smoking; Newspapers; Periodicals; Chairs;...

    • "According to the artist this painting depicted an 'ideological discussion'. As such it evokes the stormy realist-abstraction debates, and allied political differences, among artists in Italy after the Second World War. Stylistically, the work...
    • Hand Catching Lead, film still.

    • Hand Catching Lead, film still.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Processes & techniques; Time; Falling; Metals; Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Locomotion; Human locomotion

    • "This 3-minute 30-second film, like others produced by Serra in the same year, related to a famous 'verb list' which he compiled in 1967-8. The verb involved in this instance is 'to grasp' but the list also included 'to roll, to crease, to...
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