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Tyree Guyton

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1995

Medium & Support
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)

Credit Line
Gift of H. David Zucca

Subject matter
Most well known for his large-scale installation, "The Heidelberg Project," the Detroit-based artist Tyree Guyton frequently uses found objects, especially toys. Guyton often juxtaposes childhood objects with more mature social/political themes in his work. He has used cages in other works, including his "Caged Brain" (1990, Detroit Institute of Art) and a similar sculpture, Untitled (bird cage, re-lynching) (UMMA 2013/2.312). Guyton often uses bright, contrasting colors. 

Physical Description
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".

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Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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African American
birdcages (containers)
toys (recreational artifacts)

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