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Garbage Art - art made with and about garbage

A mixed media assemblage consisting of welding goggles, rusted metal, a padlock, and two rusted bells hanging from a chain mounted on a wooden board with screws. The position of the objects, with goggles at the top, makes the assemblage look vaguely face-like.
George Vargas
Michigan Worker
welding goggles, metal, hanging bells, rusty bottle cap, pulleys, chains, and padlock mounted on plywood
20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm);20 7/8 in x 10 3/8 in x 2 9/16 in (53.02 cm x 26.35 cm x 6.51 cm)
Gift of the artist
This sculpture consists of a red bird cage stand with a half-circle red cage on top. Inside the cage, there is a plastic green, yellow and red airplane toy hanging from the top. There is a white and black figure inside the plane. The work is signed by the artist in black paint at the base: "Tyree Guyton".
Tyree Guyton
Untitled
metal bird cage, metal stand, plastic toy airplane, plastic figurine
66 in x 18 1/2 in x 11 in (167.64 cm x 46.99 cm x 27.94 cm)
Gift of H. David Zucca
A "Norton Abrasives" wooden crate is filled with empty rusted gallon paint containers with dried paint inside. A cracked rearview mirror is attached to one side and an American flag is smushed into one side of the box. A small toy platypus sits inside one of the paint cans, although the platypus is moveable; instructions to museum state that museum staff can place platypus where they please.
Tyree Guyton
Untitled (Paint Cans)
paint cans, wooden crate, American flag, rearview mirror, and ceramic figurine
33 1/2 in x 28 1/8 in x 12 in (85.09 cm x 71.44 cm x 30.48 cm)
Gift of H. David Zucca
This small sculpture consists of a black rectangular base with spools on it, all spray painted black. A red wooden pole is sticking out of the center of the base and is holding up a thin red platform, with additional spools and a bright red ball on top. Multiple rubber belts are threaded among the spools on both the red and black elements.
Gordon Newton
Model No. 30183
wood, paint, and rubber on a wooden base
11 in x 12 in x 9 1/2 in (27.94 cm x 30.48 cm x 24.13 cm)
Gift of H. David Zucca
A top-down view of a manhole cover upon which are littered cigarette butts and rubbish.
Walker Evans
Street Trash, New York
gelatin silver print on paper
8 in x 10 in (20.32 cm x 25.4 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 3/8 in (36.51 cm x 49.21 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Lunn, Jr., in Honor of the Centennial of The Michigan Daily
This small sculpture is made from crumpled paper and aluminum foil coated in resin. One end of the sculpture is blue, the other a brown-red, and the center is silver.  Pieces of paper which look like newsprint are stuck to the bottom of the sculpture. The piece is deceptively light.
John A. Chamberlain
Untitled
paper, aluminum foil, glue, and painted resin
4 5/8 in x 7 1/2 in x 5 1/8 in (11.75 cm x 19.05 cm x 13.02 cm);8 7/16 in x 10 1/4 in x 10 1/4 in (21.43 cm x 26.04 cm x 26.04 cm)
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
Wall sculpture created from wood, irregularly shaped metal objects, and found objects—including steel rods, ratcheted discs and a paintbrush.
Frank Stella
Playskool Gym, from the Playskool series
patinated cast bronze, fabricated aluminum, wood, steel, plastic, screenprint
28 3/8 in. x 23 13/16 in. x 11 7/16 in. ( 72 cm x 60.5 cm x 29 cm )
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Abstract wall sculpture constructed of transparency film, cinefoil, paper, pencil shavings, recycled industrial components, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal and wire on wire mesh.
Dana Melamed
Engine 3.2
transparency film, cinefoil, paper, pencil shavings, recycled components, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal and wire on aluminum mesh
18 x 9 x 3 in. (45.72 x 22.86 x 7.62 cm)
Gift of the artist, Dana Melamed
Abstract wall sculpture constructed of transparency film, cinefoil, paper, pencil shavings, recycled industrial components, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal and wire constructed over metal mesh.
Dana Melamed
Engine 3.1
transparency film, cinefoil, paper, pencil shavings, recycled components, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal and wire on aluminum mesh
16 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 4 in. (41.91 x 44.45 x 10.16 cm)
Gift of the artist, Dana Melamed
7-sided frame made of reclaimed wood moulding and slats nailed together and backed with strips of green felt, possibly from a pool table. Gold wire traces the wood frame, and is accented with a fuzz ball or googly eye at each corner. A toy car is placed on the gold wire “track” at bottom center; car racing flag stickers attached to the frame in a couple places. Three pieces of thread are strung horizontally across the frame, a “spider web” attached to top two lines with puffy paint. A wood (?) cutout of a smiling joker mouth hung from web by wire.
Martin Johnson
Do yu Get it
mixed media consruction, paint, wood, wire, toy car
22 1/16 x 23 7/16 x 3 in. (56 x 59.5 x 7.5 cm)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the Nation Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services
Abstract sculpture vaguely representational of a bust-length head, the face of which appears to be constructed from strips of metal and parts from machines.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Head
bronze
38 in x 25 11/16 in x 9 9/16 in (96.52 cm x 65.25 cm x 24.29 cm);38 in x 25 11/16 in x 9 9/16 in (96.52 cm x 65.25 cm x 24.29 cm)
The Winston/Malbin Collection (Dr. and Mrs. Barnett Malbin)
Hana Hamplová
Untitled
gelatin silver print on paper
22 15/16 in x 19 5/16 in (58.26 cm x 49.05 cm);32 3/16 in x 26 1/8 in (81.76 cm x 66.36 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Marion Hrebek Keys

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Model No. 30183 (2013/2.302)
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