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Tea for Three

© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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© Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Marisol

Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930-2016

Tea for Three, 1960

wood, acrylic, and found objects

overall: 64 x 22 x 27 inches (162.56 x 55.88 x 68.58 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Bequest of Marisol, 2016

2018:16a-d

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Provenance

collection of the artist;
bequest of the artist to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2016;
accessioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 26, 2018

Class

Sculpture (visual work)

Work Type

Assemblage (sculpture)

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

In 1954, Marisol began making sculpture, initially taking influence from pre-Columbian art. At first, she worked on a relatively small scale but within a few years, began to focus on life-size, totemic figures. The artist combined wood with painting and found objects to create oftentimes quizzical or satirical mixed-media assemblages. When Pop art emerged in the 1960s, Marisol’s works were often associated with the movement. However, she did not share the preoccupation with mass media and mass culture that drove her friends and peers, such as Andy Warhol. 

Tea for Three brings together three heads mounted atop narrow rectangular bodies painted yellow, red, and blue: the colors of the Venezuelan flag. These merge to create a single entity with rocker-like feet. The clown-like head of each character is actually a found hat form the artist then painted, carved, and adorned with a plaster mouth and glass eyes. Two hands are also present in the center of the sculpture. The larger of the two is based on the artist’s hand. It is paired with a small, child-like palm that extends forth a cup of tea—a gesture that seemingly beckons the viewer to join them. 

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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