Study For Digestion

Dennis Oppenheim

American, 1938 - 2011

Study for Digestion, 1990

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Pencil, colored pencil, oil wash, oil pastel, and silkscreen on paper

Dimensions: 100 × 77 in. (254 × 195.6 cm)
Image: 50 × 38 1/2 in. (127 × 97.8 cm)

Museum purchase with funds from Michael and Natalie Pelavin and partial gift from The Dennis Oppenheim Foundation, 1999.35

Dennis Oppenheim was born in Mason City, Washington in 1938 and grew up in California. He received his BA at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland and his MFA from Stanford University. Oppenheim has taught at several institutions including Yale University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. His works can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London, and galleries of international repute. Dennis Oppenheim resides in New York City.The connection between Oppenheim's earlier and later works is found in his references to the body. In many of the sculptures, this imagery can be understood as an autobiographical thread that joins his work, as he creates sculpture that is similar in content and meaning. In Study for Digestion, the four panels joined together create a unifying theme, as Oppenheim successfully transforms simple materials into a multidimensional artistic statement, which is both humorous and meaningful.

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