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Purvis Young

about 1988
acrylic on plywood
40 1/2 x 48 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase

Throughout this mixed-media piece, Purvis Young presents us with oppositions. The spirited horses seem capable of flight, while the figures are isolated and trapped in box-like cells, seemingly unaware of the means that exist to escape from the maze. Young’s message is powerful—a way out can exist in the midst of turmoil and struggle.