looking down on a country full of suggestive names and ancient memories and implied stories (especially if you are exhilarated by a beautiful walk and have a flask in your pocket), shows you the world as a very smooth place, fairly rubbed so by human use., Jimmie Durham
Jimmie Durham
looking down on a country full of suggestive names and ancient memories and implied stories (especially if you are exhilarated by a beautiful walk and have a flask in your pocket), shows you the world as a very smooth place, fairly rubbed so by human use.
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Jimmie Durham

looking down on a country full of suggestive names and ancient memories and implied stories (especially if you are exhilarated by a beautiful walk and have a flask in your pocket), shows you the world as a very smooth place, fairly rubbed so by human use., 1993


Dimensions
66.3 x 102.4 x 147.3 cm
Physical Description
PVC pipe, wood, paint, wire and bone
Inventory Number
St.P951
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

Jimmie Durham’s sculptural assemblages made of quite different materials are fantastical figures, both animal and human. Teeth, bones and sometimes entire animal skulls become part of his works. The artist plays with the appropriation of cultural identities; in his creative output, he explores religious rituals as well as one of the original Native American tribes, the Cherokees, with whom he feels an affiliation. This disturbing, richly allusive object is a self-portrait as both animal and consumer object; it derives its essential vitality from the perturbing mixture of the familiar and the inscrutably foreign.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
looking down on a country full of suggestive names and ancient memories and implied stories (especially if you are exhilarated by a beautiful walk and have a flask in your pocket), shows you the world as a very smooth place, fairly rubbed so by human use. (Original Title)
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
PVC pipe, wood, paint, wire and bone
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Jimmie Durham
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a gift from Dieter und Birgit Broska, Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 48C2 sculpture
Secondary
  • 29 surrealia, surrealistic representations
  • 31A2211 face
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white

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22.10.2020