The Secret House of Eddie Critch

The Secret House of Eddie Critch
Artist:
Edward Kienholz (American, 1927-1994)
Date:
1961
Medium:
Assemblage: drop-front wood veneered writing desk; with traces of paint, containing plastic doll parts, leather, wood, chicken wire, and animal fur 
Dimensions:
24 x 32-1/4 x 13 in. (61.0 x 81.9 x 33.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Mrs. Sadye J. Moss 
Accession Number:
P.1966.01.4 
Copyright:
© 2008 Estate of Edward Kienholz 
Not on View
Description

Kienholz is one of the most widely known Los Angeles artists. Unlike the refined assemblages of Joseph Cornell, Kienholz's works are coarser and often carry a politically charged meaning. Here he has utilized a cast-off piece of furniture as the framework for an assemblage that incorporates doll parts and alludes to a mysterious, hidden narrative.

Provenance:

Mrs. Sadye J. Moss, gift 1966 to;
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1966 -1975
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

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