Any Questions?

  • William King, Any Questions?, 1985, vinyl sewn over metal armature, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.82.2

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William King's Any Questions? is both humorous and disturbing. This nearly eight-foot-tall duck dressed in a business suit stands confidently with his hands on his hips as he ominously smiles down at those who would dare ask him a question. The sculpture satirizes the American business community for falsely encouraging a level of communication between employees and their superiors. King suggests that bosses, like this one, encourage subordinates to offer their opinions, only to ignore them. He dressed the bare metal armature in shiny white vinyl to show that the boss is nothing more than an "empty suit."

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"If you dont feel like making sculpture, don't; but if you do, be ruthless." William King, quoted in Talese, "Sculptor finds Fourth-Graders Outspoken Critics of His Work," New York Times, March 20, 1962
Title
Any Questions?
Artist
Date
1985
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
91 3/8 x 52 1/2 x 21 1/8 in. (232.2 x 133.4 x 53.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
vinyl sewn over metal armature
Classifications
Keywords
  • Fantasy
  • Figure male – full length
Object Number
1985.82.2
Palette
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