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A work made of pink wax crayon and graphite on white wove paper.
© Carroll Dunham.

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  • A work made of pink wax crayon and graphite on white wove paper.

Date:

1990

Artist:

Carroll Dunham
American, born 1949

About this artwork

Carroll Dunham has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding draftspeople of his generation. Over the course of his career, he has employed a lexicon of marks and shapes that range in character from pseudo-pornographic crudeness to extreme refinement, from random doodling to precise rendering—sometimes within the same work. His drawings make constant reference to natural forms such as bodily orifices, mutating cells, and sexual and internal organs. Dunham has said that all of his visual ideas progress from a daily drawing practice that is at once rigorously formal and deliberately playful, generating automatic markings that reveal directions, rhythms, or motifs to develop further. His reliance on his subconscious and the practice of automatic drawing are clearly indebted to the Surrealists, and also to popular comics and animated cartoons, and, not least, children’s drawings, with their uninhibited nature.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Carroll Dunham

Title

Untitled

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1990

Medium

Pink wax crayon and graphite on white wove paper

Dimensions

45.7 × 60.3 cm (18 × 23 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2007.520

Copyright

© Carroll Dunham.

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