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Window Number 22, Parenti's Market

1967 Howard Hack Born: Cheyenne, Wyoming 1932 Died: Oakland, California 2015 oil on canvas 63 7/8 x 59 3/4 in. (162.3 x 151.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation 1985.30.24 Not currently on view


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This painting is part of Howard Hack's Window series of the 1960s, which show "landscapes" of objects seen through glass storefronts. The reversed numbers and small orange pump identify this as a view of a Union 76 gas station, seen perhaps from the inside of an abandoned market where only a weighing scale and empty ceiling hooks remain. Shadowed corners underscore the emptiness and silence, and the texture of the painted window evokes layers of undisturbed dust. Hack painted some objects to appear both inside and outside the glass, creating a confusing sense of depth and making it difficult to distinguish between the real objects and their reflections.

Keywords

Architecture Interior - commercial - market

Architecture Interior - commercial - Parenti's Market

Architecture Interior - detail - window

Object - fruit - orange

Object - numeral

Object - tool - scale

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Howard Hack

Born: Cheyenne, Wyoming 1932 Died: Oakland, California 2015

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