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G. Daniel Massad

Night Piece
1987
pastel
24 x 32 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase

Massad is a poet as well as a visual artist. He has written about subjects that recall pastel compositions such as the mysterious Night Piece:

Whatever put these objects wherever they happen
to lean or lie seems to have happened
too long ago to remember, the last
soul to touch them might be dead, or at least
in another country and so preoccupied with himself
he'd say, if asked, "I put what on what shelf?