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Abstraction #2

Warren Wheelock

American Art

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
A self-taught artist, Warren Wheelock embraced a broad sculptural vocabulary, creating traditional portraits of historical figures, as well as more abstracted shapes with angular lines and curved recesses such as the one seen here. Wheelock’s sculptural practice emerged partly out of an interest in whittling, or the carving of a handheld piece of wood with precise, measured cuts of a knife. Abstraction #2 achieves on a larger scale the delicate lines and incisions central to the craft of whittling.
MEDIUM Applewood with darker wood base
DATES 1920s
DIMENSIONS Overall (with base): 25 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 5 11/16 in. (65.4 x 19.1 x 14.4 cm) Base (height): 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Paper label affixed to underside of base, inscribed: "Abstraction / #2 / Applewoo[d]"
SIGNATURE Incised on right side: "Wheelock"
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Abstract, polished wood sculpture; vertically oriented, cubistic form with facets that vary from curving to hard-edged shapes; on simple rectangular base. Condition: good
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CAPTION Warren Wheelock (American, 1880–1960). Abstraction #2, 1920s. Applewood with darker wood base, Overall (with base): 25 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 5 11/16 in. (65.4 x 19.1 x 14.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 46.125 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.125_view1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 46.125_view1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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