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Kill Yourself

© Nancy Dwyer

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© Nancy Dwyer

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Nancy Dwyer

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Nancy Dwyer

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Nancy Dwyer

American, born 1954

Kill Yourself, 1989

Flashe on canvas

support: 70 x 90 inches (177.8 x 228.6 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of Olivia Badrutt, 2008

2008:46

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Provenance

Olivia Badrutt, New York;
December 15, 2008, donated to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Painting (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

In her conceptual practice, Nancy Dwyer examines the ways in which language is presented in various mediums, such as print and television advertisements, and how these disparate contexts can impart it with different, and sometimes loaded, meanings. In the case of this painting, the letters that sit on a background of floating bubbles are in a formally delightful, even jovial typeface. However, what the letters spell out immediately contradicts any lightheartedness. Dwyer’s mischievous use of a cartoon aesthetic for such heavy language riffs on the prevalence of mixed messages in pop culture, where images often differ from content or diverge from context.

Label from Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One: Humor and Satire from the Collection, November 19, 2016–March 19, 2017

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