The Real Inside Story

  • Roy De Forest, The Real Inside Story, 1973, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.89

Exhibition Label

In the early 1960s, De Forest turned from making scrap metal constructions and abstract paintings to works in which animals, totemic images, and fantastical beings engage us with storytelling and game playing. In The Real Inside Story, cutaway walls conflate inside and outside worlds, and animals and humans seem both toylike and symbolic. De Forest called art “one of the last strongholds of magic” and described his richly colored and textured fantasy worlds as “unknowable [though] hauntingly familiar.”


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Title
The Real Inside Story
Artist
Date
1973
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
66 x 72 1/8 in. (167.5 x 183.2 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure – head
  • Animal – dog
  • Animal – horse
  • Landscape – tree
Object Number
1986.6.89
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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