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Volcano

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Volcano

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Richard Artschwager
American, 1923–2013

Date

1986

Medium

Acrylic on Celotex and wood

Accession #

2005.305

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

A principal strategy in Artschwager’s work is what he calls “the truncation of the senses”—a means of refocusing the viewer’s attention on specific aspects of an image by purposefully concealing or obfuscating others. Volcano is an example of this approach, as one’s attention is almost entirely directed to the small spot of orange at the mouth of the erupting volcano, which is otherwise camouflaged by the abstract, monochromatic patterning of the rest of the scene.

Credit

The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of 20th-Century Art

Image Copyright

© Richard Artschwager