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Terry Allen, 1991

mixed media
156.2 x 94 x 19 cm
Courtesy the artist and L.A. Louver, Inc.
© 1991 Terry Allen

Sneaker, like many of the works in Allen's "Youth in Asia" series, explores the issues of betrayal and deception associated with the Vietnam conflict. The title does not refer to shoes but rather to the behavior of the person whose story inspired the piece. The "sneaker" is a man who posed dishonestly as a Vietnam veteran, enabling him to enjoy the respect earned by actual servicemen.