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The Meat Market
The Meat Market
Artist:
Date:
1960–1961
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Mixed Media
Dimensions:
58 x 144 x 54 in. (147.3 x 365.8 x 137.2 cm)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
North America
Accession Number:
1997.27
Acquisition Date:
1997-04-10
Credit Line:

Museum purchase, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Bransten, Friends of New Art, Edgar L. and Helen M. Buttner Trust, and Friends of Ian White Endowment Fund

large scale assemblage, comprised entreily of "found" objects, resulting ina dislocation of theier original contexts, meanings and associations and in the creation of new ones that are characteristically allusive and elusive. It is arranged into a hierarcial tableau comprised of three main groupings and two secondary groupings. Included are a pair of embracing female mannequins that recall the works of Giorgio de Chirico and that transcend the two dimensional boundries of their picture frame; a cow skull ( a traditional death and vanitas symblo) ina basket; an altar or oracle-like table with radio fragment and records, doll and mannequin fragments marked with butcher's price tags that link animal and human anatomy; a bone, ball of twine, and furniture caster being weighed on a scale; and an anthropomorphic figure with outstretched arms whose lyre -like form recalls the attribute of the Greek muses.