Untitled (Paint Cans)Artist(s)Tyree GuytonArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1980-2010Medium & Supportpaint cans, wooden crate, American flag, rearview mirror, and ceramic figurineDimensions
33 1/2 in x 28 1/8 in x 12 in (85.09 cm x 71.44 cm x 30.48 cm)Credit LineGift of H. David ZuccaSubject matter
African American artist, Tyree Guyton, uses found and recycled objects in his neighborhood installations and standalone sculptures. These paint cans may have been saved from the house paint that he used in the Heidleberg Project. Guyton regularly incorporates American flags into his work, including his "American Flag Series, Untitled (bird cage, re-lynching)." Guyton frequently uses his art to comment on America's troubled past, as well as current social and political issues that he observes. Physical Description
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.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypeassemblageCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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American (North American)