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Eddie (Sylvie's Brother) in the Desert

A work made of ink and tempera on wood, 20 cutouts on vinyl.

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  • A work made of ink and tempera on wood, 20 cutouts on vinyl.

Date:

1965

Artist:

Öyvind Fahlström
Swedish, born Brazil, 1928-1976

About this artwork

In the early 1960s Öyvind Fahlström began to make what he termed “variable” paintings, in which a figure’s limbs or other discrete shapes were segmented and jointed—and thus movable. The potential mobility of these elements was, for Fahlström, a way of implicating the viewer. In his words, “strategy, manipulation, [and] political psychodrama” are central to art’s content.

Eddie (Sylvie’s Brother) in the Desert is crowded with vivid, active, yet enigmatic imagery—a window shattering, a flag fluttering, a nude woman running, a suited man bounding out of the frame, and cartoonish trails of rushing air. The title references Sylvie Vartan, a French pop singer of the day, and her brother, Eddie, a musician as well, for whom Fahlström imagined a densely populated, disorienting “desert.”

Status

On View, Gallery 297

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Oyvind Fahlström

Title

Eddie (Sylvie's Brother) in the Desert

Date

Made 1965

Medium

Ink and tempera on wood, 20 cutouts on vinyl

Dimensions

76.2 × 76.2 cm (30 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin E. Hokin

Reference Number

2015.414

Extended information about this artwork

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