The Toy Shop

  • Patricia Nix, The Toy Shop, 1981, metal, wood, glass, paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Noret, 1981.144

Luce Center Label

The Toy Shop is typical of the painted box constructions that Patricia Nix has made since 1972. The small scale of the work evokes memories of a child’s dollhouse. Moreover, The Toy Shop, constructed from discarded materials, is composed from actual toys and objects that carry the memory of their former uses. Nix states that she likes to use real objects from everyday life to construct her imaginative works because they help make “dreams become more of a reality.”

Luce Object Quote

“I want every viewer to have deeply personal emotional reactions because the . . . toys, cards, etc. are part of everyone’s experience.” Patricia Nix, quoted in Southwest Art, July 1979

The Toy Shop
On View
open: 11 7/8 x 10 3/8 x 3 1/8 in. (30.1 x 26.2 x 7.9 cm)
closed: 11 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 1/8 in. (30.1 x 14.9 x 7.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Noret

  • Abstract
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial – store
  • Object – toy
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