This image may be copyright protected.
Cardinal, After Cattelan
(1960 – )
21 x 25 in. (53.34 x 63.5 cm)
North America, United States
Medium and Support:
Oil on mylar
Gift of Emily Eveleth, 2021.
This work is not currently on view
Emily Eveleth was thinking of inversion when she painted this work for the Fairfield University Art Museum exhibition Birds of the Northeast: Gulls to Great Auks. She wondered if there could be an image of a cardinal that might evoke humor and pathos, slapstick and vulnerability. An inversion of Maurizio Cattelan's well-known irreverent piece, La Nona Ora
, stripped of its pretentions, but still sharing the characteristic of the comedy's foundation in the violent, the concerete, and the finite. The painting is a shift from the exalted and the expansive to the specific.