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Iggy’s Lips

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Iggy’s Lips

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Ben Roosevelt
American, born 1975




Pencil on paper

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These four drawings were first presented as part of an installation entitled The Blue Flame. Roosevelt recreated a bar, The Blue Flame, from a dream he had in which he was visited by historical figures whom the artist sees as important to his own artistic output—Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Dante, Iggy Pop, and Joseph Beuys. Playing with the dream-state in which the artist first encountered these figures, each is represented simply by a single feature in multiple. A riff on the Surrealist practice of the Exquisite Corpse, the individual features—Dante’s nose, Beuys’s eyes, Pop’s lips, and Coleridge’s hair—can be combined in innumerable combinations to create a complete portrait, perhaps of the artist himself.


Purchase with the Lambert Fund and gift of Laurence S. Leopold