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Brown Shack

Beverly Buchanan (American, 1940–2015). Brown Shack, ca. 1989. Wood and fabric or tin, 9 x 5 1/2 x 13 inches (22.9 x 14 x 33 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of the Winfield Foundation, by exchange, 2019 (2019:12.1). © Estate of Beverly Buchanan

© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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

© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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© Estate of Beverly Buchanan

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Beverly Buchanan

American, 1940-2015

Brown Shack, ca. 1989

wood and fabric or tin

overall: 9 x 5 1/2 x 13 inches (22.86 x 13.97 x 33.02 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Gift of the Winfield Foundation, by exchange, 2019

2019:12.1

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Provenance

gift of the artist to Mitzi (Winifred) Shewmake, Rockville, Maryland;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery via her grandson and acting agent Jay Carroll, Rockville Maryland, June 25, 2019

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Assemblage (sculpture)

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

Brown Shack and Seagrass Shack are just two examples from a number of sculptures celebrating the everyday architecture of the rural South and its residents that Beverly Buchanan made between 1986 and her death in 2015. The artist first encountered the houses and people that would inspire these works as a child while accompanying her father, a professor of agriculture, on tours of farms across South Carolina. Some of these farmers would have been sharecroppers, renting their land under often highly unfavorable terms in exchange for a share of the crop. Throughout the South, such a practice allowed for a kind of continuation of slavery, tying families to the land through debt. However, Buchanan recognized in the homes and gardens these individuals created for themselves a vitality animated by their defiant hopes and dreams—a far cry from stereotypes of hopelessness and poverty. 

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