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Cardinal, After Cattelan

Artist: Emily Eveleth (1960 – )
Date: 2020
21st century
Dimensions: 21 x 25 in. (53.34 x 63.5 cm)
Dimensions Extent: framed
Object Type: Painting
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Oil on mylar
Credit Line: Gift of Emily Eveleth, 2021.
Accession Number: 2021.09.01
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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.


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