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2014 George Widener Born: Covington, Kentucky 1962 mixed media on paper 48 1/4 × 48 1/4 in. (122.6 × 122.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Carl and Kate Lobell in honor of Graham Roach © 2014, George Widener 2015.20.2 Not currently on view

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George Widener is an ace with numbers. 28-28 plays with a connection he had at the time between the numbers of his own birthdate (2-8) and this then-girlfriend's: 4-28, or (2 x 2)-28. Widener explains that he sees the numbers in his mind and enjoys envisioning all of their possible relationships. He called this piece a "portrait/snapshot" of the two of them at the time it was made.


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graphic arts

folk art

mixed media


About George Widener

Born: Covington, Kentucky 1962