Pablo Escobar

A work made of wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, and ceramic peppers.

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  • A work made of wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, and ceramic peppers.

Date:

2010

Artist:

Rachel Harrison
American, born 1966

About this artwork

Since the mid-1990s, Rachel Harrison has produced abstract, handmade constructions of wood, cement, polystryene and paint that often sereve as supports for found photos and objects. Stubbornly physical yet highly conceptual, Harrison’s sculptures evoke ancient memorials and reflect the influence of today’s celebrity-centric culture.

Pablo Escobar belongs to a handful of sculptures named for prominent men including former vice president Al Gore, golfer Tiger Woods, and singer-songwriter Antoine "Fats" Domino, among others. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (1949–1993) was a Colombian drug lord once regarded as the richest and most successful criminal in history. This vividly painted work, with its drooping bouquet of ceramic chili peppers, stands as a biting critique of cultural representations and stereotypes.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Rachel Harrison

Title

Pablo Escobar

Origin

United States

Date

2010

Medium

Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, and ceramic peppers

Dimensions

251.5 × 55.9 × 58.4 cm (99 × 22 × 23 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal

Reference Number

2011.119

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