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Woman in Red Dress at Piano

ca. 1973 Steve Ashby Born: Delaplane, Virginia 1904 Died: Delaplane, Virginia 1980 carved and painted plywood, found objects, magazine cutouts 6 1/4 x 5 x 4 1/4 in. (15.9 x 12.7 x 10.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.49 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A



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Steve Ashby created many sculptures that encouraged the viewer to take part, either by turning a lever or pulling a string. In this piece the woman’s leg can be moved up and down as if she were pushing the piano’s pedals. The magazine cutout on the top of the piano reads “Complement your favor[ite] melodies--Choose from exciting rhythm back grounds including: Latin, jazz, foxtrot, waltz, rock an[d] metronome.” This suggests that Ashby wants the viewer to imagine a favorite piece of music while looking at this piece.

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Performing arts - music - piano

sculpture

folk art

mixed media

readymade

wood - plywood

About Steve Ashby

Born: Delaplane, Virginia 1904 Died: Delaplane, Virginia 1980

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