Untitled #192

  • John McQueen, Untitled #192, 1989, burdock burrs and applewood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1989, John McQueen, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1993.27

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The materials and design of Untitled #192 express nature's tenacious power. Burdock is a particularly stubborn weed that grows in the cleared fields of the northeast. Every autumn, John McQueen goes out into the fields and builds his pieces where the burdock grows, partly because the burrs cannot be stored, but also because the artist wants to emphasize the intimate connections between nature and art. The bristly sphere of seed-bearing burrs swells with energy while a trimmed twig of applewood seems to have erupted from within.

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"My baskets still have the tree in them, the bark, the bug marks---all those things that show they were alive." John McQueen
Title
Untitled #192
Artist
Date
1989
On View
Dimensions
22 1/4 x 18 x 20 3/4 in. (56.6 x 45.8 x 52.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
burdock burrs and applewood
Classifications
Object Number
1993.27
Palette
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