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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Steve Keister, American, born 1949



Graphite and acrylic on paper

Sheet: 24.1 × 31.8 cm (9 1/2 × 12 1/2 in.)
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services

From the exhibition Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery:

During the 1990s, Steve Keister became interested in Mexico and began visiting archaeological sites there yearly. Inspired by the geometric shapes of Aztec and Mayan art, Keister began to incorporate references to these cultures into his own work. In this work, Keister created a drawing based on the shapes of pieces of Styrofoam, which he chose for their resemblance to Precolumbian reliefs; the bright coloring further strengthens the similarity of the drawing to Meso-American art. The torn edge of the sketchbook page reminds the viewer that this piece was once part of a larger whole.

Made in United States
20th century
Works on Paper - Drawings and Watercolors

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 174.

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