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Yellow World #3

A work made of black and yellow wax crayon and graphite on cream wove paper.
© Carroll Dunham.

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  • A work made of black and yellow wax crayon and graphite on cream wove paper.




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.


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Carroll Dunham


Yellow World #3


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Black and yellow wax crayon and graphite on cream wove paper


50.8 × 63.5 cm (20 × 25 in.)

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Margaret Fisher Endowment Fund

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© Carroll Dunham.

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