Decorative Arts and Design
Polychromed wood, paper, rubber, glass, metal
Incised into back of "facade" extension at top of cabinet: ' "SOUTH" / R. SHULL 1992 '
Gift of Franklin Parrasch
Wood cabinet with cupboard and drawer, painted predominantly red. Trapezoid-shaped cabinet tapers toward top; front surface extends straight up (like the façade of a building), and then rises again at center into a rectangular shape. The plank that forms this extension has been roughly cut and splintered so that it has an irregular edge; some of the splinters are bent and twisted and the surfaces are unpainted. Front of cabinet bows out slightly; in center, there is a small cupboard above (approximately 35 x 12 x 15") and drawer below (approximately 7 x 18"), both set flush with cabinet front. Cupboard door is rectangular in shape, hinged at side, and painted silver-gray. Two narrower rectangular strips of black rubber (from a tire) with raised yellow lettering nailed to center of door; each strip reads "SOUTH" (oriented so that the "H" of each strip is at center). Interior of cupboard is painted yellow with yellow-green trim; single shelf bisects space. Exterior of drawer is painted silver-gray with four matching vertical bands in yellow-green with red borders and a row of white dots down center. Cupboard door and drawer have identical knobs, consisting of round black wooden ball (approximately 1" in diameter) with bristle-like wheel anchored in center with a red and black glass bauble. All over the cabinet, the paint has a distressed appearance with scratches and losses, especially around edges, revealing several layers of paint and paper.
Condition: Good; drawer knob is loose; small nick (about 1/4" diameter) with paint loss on right side at top.
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Randy Shull. South Cabinet, 1992. Polychromed wood, paper, rubber, glass, metal, 82 3/8" h x 48 1/8" x 14 11/16". Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Franklin Parrasch, 1994.206. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.206_SL1.jpg)
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