The Toy Shop

Copied Patricia Nix, The Toy Shop, 1981, wood, paper, glass, and metal, open: 11 7810 383 18 in. ( cm) closed: 11 785 783 18 in. ( cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Noret, 1981.144

Artwork Details

The Toy Shop
open: 11 7810 383 18 in. ( cm) closed: 11 785 783 18 in. ( cm)
back lower center on metal label incised: TOY SHOP - 1981/Patricia Nix front center right on label in pencil and pen and ink: 70--The Toy Shop front on right door in pencil: John/Nix/6/+4/9/2/+2/6/000
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Noret
Mediums Description
wood, paper, glass, and metal
  • Abstract
  • Object — toy
  • Architecture Exterior — commercial — store
Object Number

Artwork Description

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.”