Laura and Marianne Swift
Ann Parker, Avon Neal American Contemporary
On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Northwest, 4th Floor
Artist Avon Neal and photographer Ann Parker were a husband-and-wife duo interested in vernacular or everyday art forms. For A Portfolio of Rubbings from Early American Stone Sculpture, Neal and Parker traveled across New England to examine and preserve the imagery and epitaphs inscribed on graveyard headstones, made by unknown Puritan sculptors. Through the inscriptions, we can follow the political climate, linguistic developments, and the advancement of the form itself. These tombstones were exposed to the elements and rapidly deteriorating; the rubbings preserve images and lives that otherwise would be lost to time.
Stone rubbing in crayon on paper
sheet: 22 5/8 × 34 1/16 in. (57.5 × 86.5 cm)
image: 15 1/16 × 28 9/16 in. (38.3 × 72.5 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in graphite: "Ann Parker/Avon Neal"
Inscribed lower left in graphite: "Laura and Marianne Swift, Bennington, Vermont 1797. Large Portfolio 11/50"
Edition: 11/50 of the Large Portfolio
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
© Ann Parker
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Ann Parker. Laura and Marianne Swift, 1963. Stone rubbing in crayon on paper, sheet: 22 5/8 × 34 1/16 in. (57.5 × 86.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 64.19.13. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.19.13_acetate_bw.jpg)
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