Black Dice

  • Peter Blum Edition, Peter Kneubühler, John Baldessari, Black Dice, 1982, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1982, Peter Blum Edition and Blumarts, Inc., New York, Museum purchase, 1993.31.1A-I

Exhibition Label
Black Dice is based on a still photograph derived from an English gangster film of that name. The photograph represents a split second from a longer, continuous narrative. The artist divided the image into nine equal sections and developed each as an independent abstract composition in which key elements of the original scene remain identifiable. Baldessari is interested in things exploding and imploding, and being disjunctive. He likes to include the original movie still when the prints are exhibited so that the viewer can better understand the individual parts as well as the whole.

Multiplicity, 2011

Black Dice
On View
Not on view.
sheet: 16 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (41.9 x 50.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

  • Architecture Interior – commercial – hotel
  • Figure male
  • State of being – evil – danger
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