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1984 Derek Webster Born: Porto Castillo, Honduras 1934 Died: Chicago, Illinois 2009 painted wood with plastic, putty, and metal 63 1/4 x 21 x 12 7/8 in. (160.7 x 53.3 x 32.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 1997.124.93 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 27A

Luce Center Label

Derek Webster creates his sculptures while listening to such rock-and-roll favorites as “Shake Rattle and Roll,” and “Twist and Shout,” and many of his sculptures dance and twist to an unheard beat. Webster believes the wood “speaks to him,” and he does not always know what the sculpture will look like until it is finished (“Hello Beautiful!”, Chicago Public Radio, August 2004).


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