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Jasper Johns, Tennyson, 1958

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Jasper Johns, Tennyson, 1958

Artist: Richard Pettibone (American, born 1938)
Date: 1965
Medium: oil on canvas with wood frame and supports
Dimensions:
Frame: 10 1/4 × 8 3/8 × 7/16 in. (26 × 21.3 × 1.1 cm.)
Canvas: 10 × 8 1/16 in. (25.4 × 20.5 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Des Moines Art Center Contemporary Collectors, 2003.363
Accession number: 2003.363
Classification: painting
Label TextPettibone’s work questions the notion of uniqueness in art objects. His choice of subject matter is the work of other artists. This piece appropriates Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, a 1958 painting that is also in the Art Center’s collection. By making them very small, Pettibone’s appropriations often more closely resemble book or magazine reproductions of the originals instead of the actual paintings. Pettibone also recreates the back and supportive structures of the original works, lending the miniatures some of the qualities of sculpture.
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