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Green Hands and Faces

Ross Bleckner

Contemporary Art

Green Hands and Faces is from a powerful group of paintings by Ross Bleckner that take on a subject of importance to the artist since the 1980s—the loss of friends and loved ones to AIDS. Each luminous spot on the canvas's surface stands metaphorically as a glowing flame, a flickering symbol of a deceased person whose life remains as a memory. As if created by a source emanating from the depth of darkness, the "hands" and "faces" are the result of fine modulation of reflective oil paint and varnish.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES 1994
    DIMENSIONS 84 x 72 x 2 1/2 in. (213.4 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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    CAPTION Ross Bleckner (American, born 1949). Green Hands and Faces, 1994. Oil on canvas, 84 x 72 x 2 1/2 in. (213.4 x 182.9 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Ninah and Michael Lynne and Frank L. Babbott Fund, 1995.30. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.30_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1995.30_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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