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Black Dice

1982 John Baldessari Born: National City, California 1931 Peter Kneubühler (Printer) Peter Blum Edition (Publisher) color aquatint, photo etching, soft ground and lift ground on paper sheet: 16 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (41.9 x 50.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1982, Peter Blum Edition and Blumarts, Inc., New York 1993.31.1A-I Not currently on view


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Black Dice is based on a still photograph derived from an English gangster film of that name. The photograph represents a split second from a longer, continuous narrative. The artist divided the image into nine equal sections and developed each as an independent abstract composition in which key elements of the original scene remain identifiable. Baldessari is interested in things exploding and imploding, and being disjunctive. He likes to include the original movie still when the prints are exhibited so that the viewer can better understand the individual parts as well as the whole.

Multiplicity, 2011

Keywords

Architecture Interior - commercial - hotel

Figure(s) in interior - commercial

State of being - evil - danger

graphic arts - print

paper - velin d'arches

aquatint - color

etching

photoengraving

About John Baldessari

Born: National City, California 1931

About Peter Kneubühler

Born: Zurich, Switzerland 1944 Died: 1999

About Peter Blum Edition

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