Topless

  • Michael Davis, Topless, 1993, enamel and acrylic paint on reed and wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Marcia Docter, 1997.16

Topless is Michael Davis’s pun on the shape and the situation” his piece presents. The piece resembles a child’s spinning top or a seedpod fallen from a tree. As if obeying some natural command, the pod has popped its top, sending out a whimsical little probe that appears to be scouting a good place to plant a seed. The applied wooden ornaments and saturated colors distinguish Davis’s work from the pure” traditions that have dominated the art of basketry.

Title
Topless
Artist
Date
1993
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
29 7818 1213 34 in. (75.947.035.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Marcia Docter

Mediums
Mediums Description
enamel and acrylic paint on reed and wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – toy – top
Object Number
1997.16
Palette
Linked Open Data
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