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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Hap Sakwa, American, born 1950

Love Was Not Was

1989

Painted wood, ceramic, glass, and found objects

Diam.: 23 in. (58.42 cm) Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason in memory of George Zachary Mason, M.F. 1911
2008.140.1
In Love Was Not Was, Woodturner Hap Sakwa encrusted a turned and painted platter with shards of china and other found objects. Fractured views of American landmarks and popular icons, including a Campbell’s soup can and a portrait of President and Mrs. Kennedy, balance more ominous references, like the padlock, broken stopwatch, and toy soldiers, in a nostalgic elegy of American life during the 1960s.
Geography: 
Made in Sebastopol, California
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Arthur and Jane Mason, Washington D.C.; by purchase from Hap Sakwa, August 20, 1989.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 135.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.