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Untitled

A solidly black image in which hazy form, perhaps a figure, appears slightly left of center in a mottled hue slightly lighter thank the surrounding black.

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  • A solidly black image in which hazy form, perhaps a figure, appears slightly left of center in a mottled hue slightly lighter thank the surrounding black.

Date:

1999

Artist:

Ellen Gallagher
American, born 1965

About this artwork

Ellen Gallagher’s large-scale works utilize repetitive forms and an aggregation of both common and unorthodox materials to create subtly layered surfaces. Upon close inspection, her early paintings on canvas and paper reveal uncomfortable racial signifiers. The artist’s elaborate and labor-intensive method of building figures and forms always presents loaded imagery in ways that disrupt predictable interpretation. In Untitled Gallagher established controlled patterns melded out of rubber—a material that she uses for all of her black paintings—to articulate what she refers to as a “fantasy” rendering of an African, delineated by a system of signs indicating hair, skin, tattoos, and jewelry.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Ellen Gallagher

Title

Untitled

Origin

United States

Date

1999

Medium

Enamel, rubber, and paper on canvas

Dimensions

305 × 244 cm (120 × 96 in.)

Credit Line

Major Acquisitions Fund

Reference Number

2004.479

Extended information about this artwork

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