1985 William King Born: Jacksonville, Florida 1925 Died: East Hampton, New York 2015 vinyl sewn over metal armature 91 3/8 x 52 1/2 x 21 1/8 in. (232.2 x 133.4 x 53.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1985.82.2 Not currently on view
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"If you dont feel like making sculpture, don't; but if you do, be ruthless." William King, quoted in Talese, "Sculptor finds Fourth-Graders Outspoken Critics of His Work," New York Times, March 20, 1962
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William King's Any Questions? is both humorous and disturbing. This nearly eight-foot-tall duck dressed in a business suit stands confidently with his hands on his hips as he ominously smiles down at those who would dare ask him a question. The sculpture satirizes the American business community for falsely encouraging a level of communication between employees and their superiors. King suggests that bosses, like this one, encourage subordinates to offer their opinions, only to ignore them. He dressed the bare metal armature in shiny white vinyl to show that the boss is nothing more than an "empty suit."
Figure male - full length
plastic - vinyl
About William King
Born: Jacksonville, Florida 1925 Died: East Hampton, New York 2015
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