Angry Young Machine

A work made of pine, plywood, galvanized iron pipe and fittings, faucet handle, cast-lead soldier, aluminum alkyd enamel, and wheels.
© Estate of H.C. Westermann / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York

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  • A work made of pine, plywood, galvanized iron pipe and fittings, faucet handle, cast-lead soldier, aluminum alkyd enamel, and wheels.

Date:

1959

Artist:

H. C. Westermann
American, 1922-1981

About this artwork

H. C. Westermann, who lived and worked in Chicago between 1947 and 1961, was a skilled woodworker known for sculptures that masquerade as uncanny yet playful versions of vernacular objects. Utilizing assemblages of commercial materials and found objects, the artist’s technically sophisticated, influential sculptures address recurring themes such as war, technology, and science fiction. Angry Young Machine was created after the artist viewed films based on John Osborne’s plays; the author was an influential member of the “Angry Young Men,” an antiestablishment group of English writers in the 1950s. Galvanized plumbing pipes and fixtures, a small skyscraper, a tiny toy soldier guarding an ornamental bridge, and a pair of bright red lips that refer to the local rug company Magikist make up the body of this iconic work.

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Contemporary Art

Artist

H. C. Westermann

Title

Angry Young Machine

Origin

United States

Date

1959

Medium

Pine, plywood, galvanized iron pipe and fittings, faucet handle, cast-lead soldier, aluminum alkyd enamel, and wheels

Dimensions

228 x 68.3 x 71.8 cm (89 1/2 x 26 7/8 x 28 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin A. Bergman

Reference Number

1975.132

Copyright

© Estate of H.C. Westermann / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York

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