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Regional Work #2

Ree Morton

Contemporary Art

Regional Work #2 is from a series of diptychs called Regional Pieces done by the artist in 1976. Here one panel depicts a seascape of dark purples, and the other a fish immersed in the same purple waters. Each panel is framed by drapery made of brightly painted Celastic, a clothlike material, giving the impression of viewing the image through a window (one above the sea line and the other below, looking directly into the ocean). Writing about her work, Morton referred to “the responsibility of the artist . . . to be free, and while in that freedom, to look, and to see while looking, and to feel, and to respond while feeling, and to be romantic, and to love the romance.”
MEDIUM Oil on wood with celastic
DATES 1976
DIMENSIONS Overall: 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm) (a) Panel with fish: 18 1/2 x 49 3/4 in. (47 x 126.4 cm) (b) Panel with seascape: 17 x 50 in. (43.2 x 127 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Ree Morton
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Ree Morton (American, 1936-1977). Regional Work #2, 1976. Oil on wood with celastic, Overall: 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Ree Morton, 88.34a-b. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 88.34a-b_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 88.34a-b_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION (a) panel with fish image; (b) panel with seascape
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