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The Trogens

A work made of acrylic on plexiglas, in artist's painted frame.
© Gladys Nilsson

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  • A work made of acrylic on plexiglas, in artist's painted frame.

Date:

1967

Artist:

Gladys Nilsson
American, born 1940

About this artwork

Included in the 1967 Hairy Who? exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center, The Trogens is a rare and important early example of reverse painting on Plexiglas— a trademark of the movement. First introduced by Jim Nutt and Karl Wirsum, the approach was adopted by Nilsson, but unlike her contemporaries, she did not execute the work from finished drawings; instead she favored an improvised mode of painting. The Trogens exemplifies Nilsson’s penchant for the absurd, utilizing the human figure as exaggerated form. Reflecting her interest in the themes of hidden realities, the work recalls the iconic story of the Trojan horse from Homer’s The Odyssey, suggesting that artifice can belie true meaning and that things are not always as they appear.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

Gladys Nilsson

Title

The Trogens

Origin

Chicago

Date

1967

Medium

Acrylic on Plexiglas, in artist's painted frame

Dimensions

91.4 × 76.2 cm (36 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Gladys Nilsson in memory of Whitney Halstead

Reference Number

2013.55

Copyright

© Gladys Nilsson

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