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Gowanus Canal from 2nd Street

Randy Dudley

Contemporary Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Orientation Gallery, 5th Floor

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.

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
CREDIT LINE Purchase gift of Charles Allen
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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. © Randy Dudley
IMAGE overall, 87.31_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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