Dancing Couple

  • Steve Ashby, Dancing Couple, ca. 1973, carved and painted pine, found objects, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 1997.124.51

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Steve Ashby cut out his sculptures from pieces of plywood and decorated them with model airplane paints and found objects. In Dancing Couple he made the wide, staring eyes by painting two thumbtacks. At first glance, the couple appear to be dancing, but on closer inspection the man’s leering expression and the woman’s defensive pose suggest a more sinister relationship.

Title
Dancing Couple
Artist
Date
ca. 1973
On View
Dimensions
9 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. (24.8 x 11.1 x 6.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
carved and painted pine, found objects
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Figure male – full length
  • Figure female – full length
  • Recreation – dancing
Object Number
1997.124.51
Palette
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