Study For Upper Cut

Dennis Oppenheim

American, 1938 - 2011

Study for Upper Cut, 1998

  • Not On View

Silkscreen on paper

Dimensions: 36 × 41 in. (91.4 × 104.1 cm)

Gift of Michael and Natalie Pelavin, 1999.19

Dennis Oppenheim was born in Mason City, Washington in 1938 and grew up in California. Oppenheim burst onto the contemporary art scene in the mid-1960s, when he became known primarily as an Earth Artist. He created works that are as much engaged along a conceptual vein as they are dedicated to traditional object-making. Later, in the early 1970s, Oppenheim began to experiment with video and technology, making what he has referred to as his "machine pieces." His works generated during this period negotiate different systems of making art, finding their final form as installations.The connection between Oppenheim's earlier and later works is found in his references to the body. Study for Upper Cut, is a highly expressive rendering that captures the salient aspects of his sculpture Upper Cut. Oppenheim’s study documents the gaping mouth and missing “teeth” that are realized in the finished work.

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