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Armchair

© Shimon Okshteyn

Armchair

Artist: Shimon Okshteyn (Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine (formerly the USSR),1951)
Culture: Ukrainian
Date: 1995
Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions:
Overall assembled (approx.): 92 × 73 5/8 × 42 inches (233.7 × 187 × 106.7 cm)
.A: Painting: 86 1/4 × 72 inches (219.1 × 182.9 cm)
.A: Painting (including frame): 88 × 73 5/8 × 2 1/2 inches (223.5 × 187 × 6.4 cm)
.B: Chair: 37 3/4 × 41 × 38 inches (95.9 × 104.1 × 96.5 cm)
.C: Mount for Chair: 8 3/4 × 14 7/8 × 4 inches (22.2 × 37.8 × 10.2 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Michael K. Chin
Label Text:After arriving in the United States in 1980, Shimon Okshteyn remembered how “Rauschenberg influenced my work; I was so interested in his work, as well as in Dada and Pop.” Okshteyn began to find furniture on the streets of New York City, including this armchair, which he carried back to his studio, cut canvas to cover, and then painted with black and white in an expressionist style. Okshteyn also created a backdrop for Armchair that includes what he describes as “a very straightforward drawing,” the kind one “finds in a catalogue when buying and assembling a piece of furniture.” “It’s an armchair but not armchair,” the artist adds, because “it tilts.” For Okshteyn, Armchair is also “very conceptual,” in so far as “any object that the artist touches becomes something else.” KS
Object number: 1997.18.1