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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.
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)
Base (height): 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) (show scale)
Paper label affixed to underside of base, inscribed: "Abstraction / #2 / Applewoo[d]"
Incised on right side: "Wheelock"
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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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)
overall, 46.125_view1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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Abstract, polished wood sculpture; vertically oriented, cubistic form with facets that vary from curving to hard-edged shapes; on simple rectangular base.
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