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Between and Mortarboard

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Sam Mackey

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
paint and mixed media on wood

20 in x 15 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in (50.8 cm x 40.01 cm x 6.35 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of H. David Zucca

Subject matter
Mackey's work, such as this one, is characterized by his depictions of people and faces. The lines of this painting give a sense of movement and energy to the work which was something Mackey often aimed to show in his art. The Detroit-based artist was self-taught and provided inspiration and guidance for his grandson, Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. 

Physical Description
This painting is created from a found wooden board with a textured surface. Attached are staples and paper, and it is painted all-over in an off-white. There are paint globs in some areas. At the center, there is a black line painting of a figure with his arms outstretched to the side.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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black-and-white (colors)
men (male humans)
mixed media works
self-taught artists
wood board

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