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Midnight Peacock Music

Reed Anderson (American, born 1969). Midnight Peacock Music, 2006. Acrylic on cut paper, 105 x 96 inches (266.7 x 243.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; James S. Ely Fund, 2010 (2010:11). © 2006 Reed Anderson.

© Reed Anderson

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© Reed Anderson

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

© Reed Anderson

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

Reed Anderson

American, born 1969

Midnight Peacock Music, 2006

acrylic on cut paper

sheet: 105 x 96 inches (266.7 x 243.84 cm); framed: 107 1/4 x 99 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches (272.42 x 252.1 x 6.99 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

James S. Ely Fund, 2010

2010:11

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / front, upper, to right of center / RA '06

Provenance

the artist;
Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York;
June 29, 2010, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Works on paper

Work Type

Work on paper

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

In his whimsical take on drawing, Reed Anderson combines the fragility of cut paper, the spontaneity of sketching, and the aesthetic of graffiti art on a monumental scale. His cacophonous imagery envisions a vibrant, patterned world. To create a composition such as Midnight Peacock Music, Anderson begins by drawing and painting, introducing multiple applications of media on the front and back of the paper. He then crumples, folds, and cuts out patterns in it, allowing color to bleed through, and later reuses the scraps from this process to create yet another generation of work. The results suggest strange and fictional narratives. Here, for example, a neon circular spray of feathers and flowers evokes peacock plumage or an oversized lace doily you might find at the Mad Hatter’s tea party. The messy, dynamic, and improvisational character of this work also conjures notions of a visual “urban symphony” in which the rules of traditional genres do not apply.

Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017

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