Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, South (rectangular gallery), 4th floor
Drawn to the creative energy of America’s ever-changing postwar city landscapes, the Athens-born Chryssa made a name for herself with work that utilized innovative materials taken from urban environments. During the 1960s she produced vibrant paintings, prints, and illuminated sculpture made of neon tubing, Plexiglas, and aluminum. The two sculptures shown here evoke Chryssa’s fascination with Times Square and celebrate the giant blinking, pulsing signs of the city. Her paintings and prints of the period, her Newspaper series of paintings in particular, are considered among the earliest Pop experiments with typography and print media.
Neon tubing, Plexiglas
43 x 35 x 28 1/2 in. (109.2 x 88.9 x 72.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Sidney Singer
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Chryssa (American, born Greece, 1933-2014). Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe, 1968. Neon tubing, Plexiglas, 43 x 35 x 28 1/2 in. (109.2 x 88.9 x 72.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sidney Singer, 85.290. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, DIG_E2010_Seductive_Subversion_05_PS4_85.290.jpg)
installation, DIG_E2010_Seductive_Subversion_05_PS4_85.290.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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