Window Number 22, Parenti's Market

  • Howard Hack, Window Number 22, Parenti's Market, 1967, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1985.30.24

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This painting is part of Howard Hack's Window series of the 1960s, which show "landscapes" of objects seen through glass storefronts. The reversed numbers and small orange pump identify this as a view of a Union 76 gas station, seen perhaps from the inside of an abandoned market where only a weighing scale and empty ceiling hooks remain. Shadowed corners underscore the emptiness and silence, and the texture of the painted window evokes layers of undisturbed dust. Hack painted some objects to appear both inside and outside the glass, creating a confusing sense of depth and making it difficult to distinguish between the real objects and their reflections.

Window Number 22, Parenti's Market
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63 7/8 x 59 3/4 in. (162.3 x 151.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Object – numeral
  • Object – fruit – orange
  • Architecture Interior – commercial – Parenti's Market
  • Architecture Interior – commercial – market
  • Architecture Interior – detail – window
  • Object – tool – scale
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