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Alexandra's Pink Slipper

1989 John Garrett Born: El Paso, Texas 1950 aluminum, paint, beads, and plastic 9 3/4 x 34 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (24.8 x 88.3 x 26.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld 1997.41.1 Not currently on view

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"I look for interesting structures, patterns or colors. I ask myself, 'how can this be transformed? How will it look juxtaposed with . . . ?'" Artist quoted in American Craft, April/May 2001

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Alexandra's Pink Slipper was created during John Garrett's years in Southern California, where the glitter of Hollywood and the bright colors and shiny surfaces of surfer culture led him to make a series of tightly woven "baskets" suggesting myths and fairytales. Pink, purple, and black beads are strung on lengths of silver and black aluminum to create a form that brings to mind Liberace's costumes and Las Vegas showmanship ("Bridge V," 1998).


decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - aluminum



readymade - beads

About John Garrett

Born: El Paso, Texas 1950

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