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Involvement Series

Dark blue shades create the background with a red ironing board and red and white iron and clothes hanging above it. White feet poke just out from the ironing board.

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  • Dark blue shades create the background with a red ironing board and red and white iron and clothes hanging above it. White feet poke just out from the ironing board.

Date:

1968

Artist:

Wanda Pimentel
Brazilian, 1943-2019

About this artwork

Wanda Pimentel began her decade-long Involvement Series around 1965. As she put it a few years later, “My studio is in my bedroom. Everything has to be very neat… . I work alone. I think my issues are the issues of our time: the lack of perspective for people, their alienation. The saddest thing is for people to be dominated by things.” Throughout the series, Pimentel used a vivid yet limited color palette to depict domestic objects in enigmatic, compressed interiors. In this painting, a pair of feet peek out from below the horizon-like line of a red ironing board. The only other clues to the feet’s owner are the blouses on a rack and the ready iron: the trappings of stereotyped female labor and identity.

Status

On View, Gallery 289

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Wanda Pimentel

Title

Involvement Series

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Made 1968

Medium

Vinyl on canvas

Dimensions

130 × 98 cm (51 1/4 × 38 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase from the Mary and Leigh Block Fund

Reference Number

2016.66

Extended information about this artwork

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