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The Other Side #10

© W. C. Maggio

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© W. C. Maggio

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

© W. C. Maggio

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

W. C. Maggio

American, born 1939

The Other Side #10, 2014

latex house paint on canvas mounted on wood panel

support: 23 7/8 x 24 inches (60.64 x 60.96 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

By exchange: Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr. and the Stevenson Family, Charlotte A. Watson Fund and Gift of Mrs. Richard J. Sherman, 2017

2017:8.1

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Inscriptions

signature, dated / back, upper center / W.C. Maggio 14 [date encircled]
inscription / back, upper center / THE OTHER SIDE SERIES [underlined]
inscription / back, upper center / "T.O.S.#B"
inscription / back, center / 24" x 24"
inscription / back, center / #B [encircled]
inscription / back, center / Paint on Canvas [underlines]

Provenance

from the artist to Eleven Twenty Projects, Buffalo;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, March 7, 2017

Class

Paintings

Work Type

Painting (visual work)

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

Buffalo-based artist W. C. Maggio pours, scrapes, layers, and stipples black and white latex house paints onto various supports. Using razor blades, he often draws on or scrapes away at the surface, a technique that points to the artist’s training in printmaking. Occasionally, he gives the work a tactile, embossed appearance by pushing pigment through mesh, which is laid onto the panel and later removed. Maggio’s work conveys abstract imagery that hovers on the border of representation—calling to mind lunar surfaces, celestial forms, or even molecular photography. However, it is far more contemplative in tone. For example, the title of this work references out-of-body or near-death phenomena. As he explains, “My paintings speak to the human experience. Metaphoric associations encourage a meditative, prayerful state of mind.”

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

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