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Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe

Chryssa

Contemporary Art

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.
MEDIUM Neon tubing, Plexiglas
DATES 1968
DIMENSIONS 43 x 35 x 28 1/2 in. (109.2 x 88.9 x 72.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 85.290
CREDIT LINE Gift of Sidney Singer
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Chryssa
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE installation, DIG_E2010_Seductive_Subversion_05_PS4_85.290.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Chryssa (American, born Greece, 1933-2014). <em>Cents Sign Travelling from Broadway to Africa via Guadeloupe</em>, 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)