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Fort Tilden II

1979 Paul Caranicas Born: Athens, Greece 1946 pencil on paper sheet: 23 1/4 x 30 3/4 in. (59.2 x 78.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1986.6.14 Not currently on view

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Paul Caranicas discovered a surreal beauty in the abandoned, block-like shells of World War II defensive bunkers along the US and French coastlines. In Fort Tilden II, the viewer, like the soldiers who once kept watch, looks out from deep within the interior. For Caranicas, the crumbling concrete floor and water-stained walls link past and present, creating a sense, he said, that "time stands still."

Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014


Architecture - military - Fort Tilden



paper - wove paper - th saunders