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Fernando Mastrangelo

Contemporary Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
Fernando Mastrangelo appropriates one of Mexico’s national symbols, the Aztec Calendar Stone, which dates from about 1500 and symbolizes the creation of the Aztec universe. Retaining the central skeletal face of Tonatiuh, the Sun God, Mastrangelo fills the surrounding areas with contemporary consumer products such as pharmaceuticals, soft drinks, candy, sparkplugs, and toothpaste.

The depiction of corn-based products draws attention to Mexico’s mass cultivation of corn to meet energy needs (via ethanol) and foreign consumer demands. At the same time, an iconic Aztec image suggests parallels between the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish, centuries ago, and the present-day exploitation of local Mexican corn production by North American agribusiness.
MEDIUM White corn, white and yellow corn meal, epoxy, fiberglass, wood, metal
DATES 2008
DIMENSIONS Diameter: 104 in. (264.2 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
EDITION Edition: 2/3
CREDIT LINE Mary Smith Dorward Fund and Designated Purchase Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Fernando Mastrangelo
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CAPTION Fernando Mastrangelo (American, born 1978). Avarice, 2008. White corn, white and yellow corn meal, epoxy, fiberglass, wood, metal, Diameter: 104 in. (264.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Mary Smith Dorward Fund and Designated Purchase Fund, 2009.5. © Fernando Mastrangelo
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