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    • The False Mirror.

    • The False Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Eyes; Body parts; Clouds; Puns (Visual works)

    • "Magritte's False Mirror of 1928 depicts a large eye (from which the familiar CBS logo is derived). The black circle at the center can refer both to the pupil and to the eclipsed sun. The observer is thrown off balance by the unusual close-up...
    • Splitting.

    • Splitting.

    • Collages; Montages; Demolition; Privacy; Architecture; Buildings; Houses; Dwellings; Residential facilities; Sections; Interiors; Rooms & spaces; Architectural elements; Walls; Ceilings; Stairways; Windows; Doors & doorways; Attics

    • Black and white photo-collage; "This collage makes use of photographs of a project carried out by Matta Clark in Englewood, New Jersey, which involved him splitting apart a house that was due for demolition. Having divided the house in half by...
    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Paintings; Allusions; Anti-Americanism; Politics & government; Political issues; Capitalism; Imperialism; Wealth; Corruption; Poverty; Emigration & immigration; Social classes; Economic & social conditions; Domestic life; Child labor;...

    • "This enormous, collage-like painting is crammed with anti-American allusions. An electric chair sits on the plinth at the top center (the Rosenbergs were electrocuted as Russian spies in 1953). A GI nonchalantly reads a pornographic magazine....
    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Breasts; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states; Details

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Monument to Malcolm X (#II)

    • Monument to Malcolm X (#II)

    • Sculpture; Monuments; Monuments & memorials; Abstract works; Abstract sculpture; Metalwork; Textiles; Wool; Mixed media

    • Bronze and wool; “[Riboud’s] sculptures are studies in opposites—soft vs. hard, black vs. white. Her use of contrasting materials, bronze and silk cording or bronze and wood, is an extension of this exploration.” (caption, p.80)
    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Collages; Allusions; Women; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Clothing & dress; Dresses; Headgear; Pointing fingers; Smiling; Chairs; Seating furniture; Furniture; Doors & doorways; Floors; Snakes; Reptiles; Animals;...

    • "Polke's work frequently juxtaposes images wrenched from different periods of history. At the bottom left he makes use of a collage by the early twentieth-century Surrealist Max Ernst, whilst the central image derives from a satirical etching...
    • Bald Eagle.

    • Bald Eagle.

    • Collages; Abstract works; Eagles; Birds; Animals

    • "In the year before Pollock's premature death, Krasner made powerful collages, possibly drawing on the huge semi-abstract 'paper-cuts' that the veteran French Modernist Henri Matisse was producing around this time. In one of these collages she...
    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Abstract drawings; Drawings; Pencil works

    • "In her consistent use of grids Agnes Martin participated in a tradition in twentieth-century art stretching from the Cubists and Mondrian to her Minimalist contemporaries. The grid was a non-hierarchical and non-referential structure. It...
    • Balaclavas.

    • Balaclavas.

    • Sculpture; Headgear; Symbols; Commercialism; Commerce; Shopping; Patterns (Design elements); Logos; Swastikas; Rabbits; Animals; Mirrors; Reflections; Cameras; Photographic apparatus & supplies

    • Series of five woolen hoods; "The motifs on Trockel's knitted balaclavas emblematized various issues. The 'bunnies', for instance, teasingly evoked the kind of imagery displayed in [Sigmar] Polke's Playboy Bunnies, whilst the swastikas nudged...
    • I Love You.

    • I Love You.

    • Paintings; Mixed media; Butterflies; Insects

    • "There was a lyrical quality to Hirst's use of butterflies' lifecycles, both in the 1991 installation In and Out of Love, and the related 1994-5 series of paintings, of which I Love You forms part." (Caption, p.231); "By contrast to...
    • The Madonna of Port Lligat.

    • The Madonna of Port Lligat.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Symbols; Catholicism; Christianity; Women; Spouses; Mothers; Saints; Children; Infants; People associated with religion; Sitting; Floating; Prayer; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Thrones; Chairs; Seating furniture;...

    • First version; "Dali's atomic variation on the Assumption, with Gala as tutelary goddess of Port Lligat." (Caption); Dali's first 'religious painting', designed to ingratiate himself with Church and State, was The Madonna of Port Lligat,...
    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Video recording; Storytelling; Fantasy; Myths; Science fiction; Metamorphosis; Supernatural; Supernatural beings; Heroes; Dandies; Men; Ears; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Corsages

    • "Here the artist aspires to a metamorphosis which hints partly at mythology, partly at science fiction. However, with mock pathos, Barney's floppy ears and dual kiss-curls inadequately match up to the four horns of the ram which the video's...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings

    • "In de Kooning's black canvases the elimination of color was conditioned as much by financial constraints as by the need to simplify pictorial problems in the spirit of Analytic Cubism. The deliberately artless use of shiny enamel housepaints...
    • Car Crash.

    • Car Crash.

    • Performance art; Performances; Performances & portrayals; Accidents; Automobiles; Death; Writing; Artists; Men; Spectators; Audiences; Sitting; Standing; Costumes; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Neckties; Neckwear; Eyeglasses

    • "In a darkened room, Dine, acting the part of 'car' in a silver-sprayed cap and raincoat, swerved to avoid 'hits' from the raking 'headlights' attached to fellow performers. The lights went on and off amid clatterings and amplified collision...
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