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Gowanus Canal from 2nd Street
Gowanus Canal from 2nd Street is a meticulously executed image of an old Brooklyn industrial waterway. Amid the abundant vegetation, figures equipped with long poles search for something in the murky water. The large warehouse in the middle of this carefully balance composition seems to be abandoned. Car tires, wrecked buses, and cars on the right slowly change into the jagged outline of a cityscape in the background. The canal's still waters are embellished by the reflections of its environs. There is an inherent beauty in this melancholic scene. We begin to understand the attraction this human-made waterway has for Brooklyn residents. At present, the cleanup of the Gowanus Canal and plans for its recreational use are under way.
- Artist: Randy Dudley, American, born 1950
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1986
- Dimensions: 34 x 63 5/8 in. (86.4 x 161.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Contemporary Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 87.31
- Credit Line: Purchase gift of Charles Allen
- Rights Statement: © artist or artist's estate
- Caption: Randy Dudley (American, born 1950). Gowanus Canal from 2nd Street, 1986. Oil on canvas, 34 x 63 5/8 in. (86.4 x 161.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchase gift of Charles Allen, 87.31. © artist or artist's estate
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)