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Black Bird

Artist
Benny Andrews, American, 1930–2006
Printer
Springraphics, New York
Date
1980
Material
Lithograph
Printed in
New York, New York, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Prints
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
sheet: 30 in. × 22 1/16 in. (76.2 × 56 cm)
framed: 33 1/8 × 25 1/8 × 2 in. (84.1 × 63.8 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Benny Andrews / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
Object Number
117:2017
NOTES
In this lithograph, Benny Andrews depicted a bird taking flight within an ambiguous setting. The surreal landscape relates to his Utopia series, in which he imagined an idyllic world without humans—free from all kinds of discrimination. His fantastical scenes, like this one, which fluctuate between abstraction and a representational style, present poignant themes throughout his work. Here, Andrews also explored the perceived textures he could achieve in lithography.
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