Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, South (rectangular gallery), 4th floor
Settling in New York in 1955, Chryssa (born Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali) was drawn to the creative energy of America’s ever-changing postwar cities. The Athens-born artist gained art-world acclaim with work that utilized innovative materials taken from urban environments. During the 1960s, she produced vibrant paintings, prints, and pioneered the use of neon tubing, Plexiglas, and aluminum in a fine-art context. Evoking Chryssa’s fascination with Times Square and celebrating the giant blinking, pulsing signs of the city, Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe acknowledges the interconnected world at a moment of global economic and technological growth.
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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