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Chain of Pearls (Proposal for ACE Gallery), Drawing in 2 Parts

Dennis Oppenheim

Contemporary Art

MEDIUM Graphite, colored pencil, watercolor on radiator paint on paper
DATES 1981
DIMENSIONS 38 1/4 x 45 3/4 in. (97.2 x 116.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right edge in graphite: "Dennis Oppenheim, 1981"
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed lower right in graphite: "CHAIN OF PEARLS - Proposal for ACE Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, 1981. 1000' x 20' x 80'/Magnesium flares, class c aerial rockets, sparklers, gun powder, wax, motorized spinning silver tops, mobile reflector shields, conveyor belts. Arclight, welding arc, butane torches, French horns, class A rockets directed through three skylights. (Not shown)"
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Jonathan A. Berg
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Dennis Oppenheim
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CAPTION Dennis Oppenheim (American, 1938-2011). Chain of Pearls (Proposal for ACE Gallery), Drawing in 2 Parts, 1981. Graphite, colored pencil, watercolor on radiator paint on paper, 38 1/4 x 45 3/4 in. (97.2 x 116.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Jonathan A. Berg, 83.258.5. © Dennis Oppenheim
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Chain of Pearls (Proposal for ACE Gallery), Drawing in 2 Parts