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Untitled

Artist
Sam Middleton, American, 1927–2015
Date
1990
Material
Collage of cut and torn printed and painted papers with paint and graphite
Made in
Netherlands, Europe
Classification
Collages & montages
Current Location
On View, Gallery 234
Dimensions
19 3/8 × 25 1/8 in. (49.2 × 63.8 cm)
framed: 23 1/8 × 29 1/8 × 2 in. (58.7 × 74 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© Sam Middleton estate; Courtesy of Spanierman Modern
Object Number
174:2017
NOTES
This work is populated with layered references to the artist’s life in the Netherlands, where he relocated in 1961. Cut and torn ephemera form a textured collage: stamps, receipts, and musical scores with Dutch text, along with a small black-and-white image of windmills and a map of the Netherlands. The primary colors—blue, red, and yellow refer to important Dutch artists active in the early 20th century. The underlying blue and image of a seagull suggest traditional Dutch seascapes.
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