Street Art, Graffiti Art, Urban Assemblage, and Collage

Two abstracted, bust-length figures, one male and one female, look directly at the viewer with large smiles. The background is tan, and filled with swirling lines and scribbles. The face and eyes of each figure are outlined in thick green, the mouths in thick yellow. The “whites” of the eyes are red, while the pupils are circles of pale purple. Purple paint drips down from the eyes of the male figure, while the paint on the female figure drips upward.
Tyree Guyton
Ups and Downs
acrylic on masonite
25 13/16 in x 49 3/4 in (65.56 cm x 126.37 cm);25 5/8 in x 49 5/8 in (65.09 cm x 126.05 cm)
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection
This is a line drawing done in colors of red, orange, blue, yellow, brown and green, on white paper. In the top center portion of the sheet are the words, "A LIE". Below this are forms that resemble an egg, a slice of bacon, a piece of bread with a pat of yellow butter. Below these forms are some round shapes, labeled "flakes", a bowl and a carton of milk, labeled "milk".
Jean-Michel Basquiat
A Lie
colored crayons on paper
24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);24 in x 18 in (60.96 cm x 45.72 cm);28 in x 23 in (71.12 cm x 58.42 cm)
Gift of Arthur Cohen in honor of Ben and Yetta Cohen
Oak panel with screen print; signed K.Haring 88 along lower right edge.
Keith Haring
Art Attack
screenprint on oak panel
30 in x 30 in x 2 in (76.2 cm x 76.2 cm x 5.08 cm);30 in x 29 15/16 in x 2 in (76.2 cm x 76.04 cm x 5.08 cm)
Gift of Margaret I. McIntosh
Burhan Cahit Doğançay
collage, acrylic, pencil, chalk, and sand on cardboard
34 1/2 in x 27 in (87.6 cm x 68.6 cm)
Anonymous gift
A collage drawing with "When was the future?" in the middle of the object. The words are cut out of pictures of trees and a city's skyline. The background of the collage is the view of of a tall building and a cutout of a youth doing a handstand is placed on the balcony.  A picture of a tree is included by the person.
Jakob Kolding
When was the future?
collage on paper
16 9/16 in. x 11 11/16 in. ( 42 cm x 29.7 cm )
Museum Purchase
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 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
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
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
Tyree Guyton
Dotty-Wotty House
woodcut on paper
14 15/16 in. x 22 7/16 in. ( 38 cm x 57 cm )
Gift of Alexa Lee
Tyree Guyton
Dotty-Wotty House
etching and engraving on paper
14 15/16 in. x 22 7/16 in. ( 38 cm x 57 cm )
Gift of Alexa Lee
Tyree Guyton
Dotty Wotty 1
sugarlift on paper
30 in x 22 1/2 in (76.2 cm x 57.2 cm);32 1/16 in x 26 1/16 in (81.44 cm x 66.2 cm);30 in x 22 1/2 in (76.2 cm x 57.2 cm);23 7/8 in x 17 3/4 in (60.6 cm x 45 cm)
Gift of Alexa Lee
Tyree Guyton
Dotty Wotty 2

sugarlift on paper
30 in. x 22 7/16 in. ( 76.2 cm x 57 cm )
Gift of Alexa Lee


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