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Button Cane with Self-Portrait

mid 1990s Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack) Born: Chicago, Illinois 1948 Died: Atlanta, Georgia 2012 enamel paint on board Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. 1998.84.20 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28A


Luce Center Label

Mr. Imagination applied bottle caps and buttons to his sculptures to give them color and texture. In this piece, he surrounded a self-portrait with wire protrusions, then threaded different colored buttons onto the wire. The twisting shapes evoke colorful snakes or dreadlocks, reflecting Mr. Imagination’s lively personality.

Keywords

Portrait male - Imagination, Mr. - head

Portrait male - Imagination, Mr. - self-portrait

decorative arts

folk art

About Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack)

Born: Chicago, Illinois 1948 Died: Atlanta, Georgia 2012

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