In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry

  • Irvin Tepper, In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry, 1998, porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 2001.34

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Irvin Tepper's interest in teacups began with drawings made in 1975, which eventually led to porcelain pieces. In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry is from a series the artist began in 1998, Tears for the Twentieth Century. His teacups are symbols of human interaction, objects that have witnessed many private conversations. The artist presents two cracked and broken cups in this sculpture to create a sense of age and wear and tear resulting from listening to so many conversations.

Luce Object Quote
"Entire groups of dysfunctional cups are being stacked and arranged, creating a sensation of emotion out of control. A frozen moment of destruction, much like the power of an earthquake or explosion." Artist's statement, The Sybaris Gallery, September 1997
Title
In the Late Afternoon. . .We Talk Poetry
Artist
Date
1998
On View
Dimensions
11 x 9 x 8 in. (27.9 x 22.9 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums Description
porcelain
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – dish
Object Number
2001.34
Palette
Linked Open Data
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